6 Things You Need To Know About Freezing Your Eggs

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Everything you need to know about freezing your eggs.

6 Things You Need To Know About Freezing Your Eggs

Fertility can be a touchy subject. Some of us want babies, others of us don't and many people can have trouble getting pregnant. The act of freezing ones eggs has become more prevalent in our society since 2012. Whether you're a 20 something-young lady who isn't worried about it yet or a woman who knows she wants children down the road, you need to know these 6 facts about freezing your eggs.

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Age Matters

Yes, age matters. As women, we're reminded that our eggs start dying as we enter our thirties. And while it might not be a priority on a young woman's life, freezing eggs in ones twenties is a strong option. That being said, it can be an expensive procedure that maybe only women with more income, later in life can afford...

Money, Money, Moneeeeeey

It is no cheap feat to freeze your eggs. It can cost anywhere from $10,000 to harvest the eggs from the ovaries to $500 a year to store them. If you factor in IVF (In vitro fertilization) which is the process of fertilizing the eggs and transferring them to the uterus, it could cost upwards of $5,000.

Time Commitment

Having a kid is a time commitment, yes. You know your whole life or something but so is the freezing process. Between doctors visits and consultations, four or more retrieval appointments, ultrasounds, and blood tests all in all could take up to two weeks. Sure, there are short-cuts to make like consulting your gynecologist for standard blood tests and ultrasounds, the process does not happen overnight.

What To Expect

Luckily, the process isn't painful. Oocyte cryopreservation has many facets to it, from hormone tests to indicate egg supply and production to medications needed before the procedure. There are three additional steps in the egg freezing process; ovarian stimulation, egg retrieval, and of course, freezing.

It Can Get Emotional

Whatever your reason for freezing your eggs, it can be emotional. That, and you'll be pumped with additional hormones! Depending on the type of person, it could be important to have a network of people to help you, be it friends, co-workers, a partner, or professional help.

Your Decision, And Yours Only

With many factors influencing women's health; legislation, peer-pressure, career, at the end of the day this process is yours and yours alone. The cost isn't cheap and the process isn't pretty but the decision should depend solely on the woman going through it. With companies like Apple and Facebook altering their health benefits to allow female employees to do so, without paying for it out of pocket, the egg freezing process may become mainstream enough that women won't feel ostracized on either side of the egg toss.

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