QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF IF YOU'RE CONSIDERING FREEZING YOUR EGGS
- •Can I afford this?The entire process including medications, tests, ultrasounds, anesthesia, and the procedure itself can be about $15-20K. Insurance companies generally do not cover a large portion of this. Be prepared to pay out of pocket for most of it (unless you're lucky enough to work at one of the progressive tech companies).
- •Can I get time off?Egg retrievals are done when the follicles reach a certain diameter on ultrasound. Alas, you can't always predict the exact day they will be the right size. You need to make time for serial ultrasounds and be ready to have the procedure when it's go time. You'll want to request at least 1-2 weeks of time off or work flexibility.
- •Would I consider making embryos with donor sperm?With the current technology, the chances of a live birth with frozen embryos is still better than with a frozen egg that is later thawed and used to combine with sperm DNA. The problem is: you freeze your eggs now at say, 35, and don't meet someone you want to raise a child with until you're 36. You date for a year or two, then get engaged. You get married when you're 39. You thaw those frozen eggs and then it doesn't work. Well, now you've only got 40 year old eggs to work with...
- •Can I give myself injections?A small thing in the grand scheme of things, but just so you know--you have to give yourself injections.
- •Who do I go to?Ask your trusted OB/GYN or Primary Care doctor. Ask any friends or family members who've had infertility treatment. Don't be blinded by the University name or the fancy Private Practice name. Take those Yelp reviews with a grain of salt (please). But know that ultimately, the infertility specialists want to help you have a baby!