Everything You Need To Know About Freezing Your Eggs
Are you considering freezing your eggs? If so, you’re not alone. The number of women choosing to freeze their eggs has been increasing in recent years. This is likely due to the fact that more and more women are delaying childbirth until later in life. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to freeze your eggs, this blog post is for you! We will cover topics such as the cost, the benefits, and the risks involved in the process. We hope that this information will help you make an informed decision about whether or not to freeze your eggs.
What is egg freezing?
Egg freezing is a process in which a woman’s eggs are extracted and frozen for later use. The eggs can be thawed and fertilized at a later date, and the resulting embryos can be implanted into the uterus.
What are the benefits of egg freezing?
There are several benefits to freezing your eggs. These include:
- Delay conceiving a child until you are ready – If you’re not ready to have a child right now, freezing your eggs gives you the option to delay conceiving until you are ready. This is especially beneficial for women who want to wait until they are in a stable relationship or have a better financial situation.
- Reduced risk of age-related fertility problem – As women age, their fertility declines. This is due to the fact that the quality of a woman’s eggs decreases as she gets older. By freezing your eggs when you are younger, you can reduce your risk of age-related fertility problems.
- The ability to have biological children later in life – For women who are diagnosed with a medical condition that will make it difficult or impossible to conceive later in life, egg freezing offers the hope of being able to have their own biological children.
What are the risks of egg freezing?
There are also some risks associated with egg freezing. These include:
- The cost – The out of pocket costs for this procedure can range from $3,000 to $7,900 depending on whether you are eligible for a Medicare Rebated cycle and whether you choose to have your collection under general anaesthetic or in the rooms. At Shire IVF, if you choose to have your eggs collected in the rooms under Local anaesthetic and gas, you will not be required to pay any anaesthetist fees or hospital day surgery fees. You can now use your Superannuation to pay for your cycle through companies like SuperCare.
- The success rate – Although the success rates of egg freezing have been increasing in recent years. With quick freezing vitrification, over 90% of eggs survive the freezing – thawing process. The subsequent pregnancy success rate depends on a number of factors, such as the age of the woman when she freezes her eggs, the quality of the eggs and the quality of the sperm used for fertilisation.
- The risks of the procedure – There are minimal risks associated with the egg freezing procedure itself as with any surgical procedure. These risks are discussed with you during your consultation with our doctor.