May 17, 2012

Reproductive Freedom: Why Freeze Your Eggs?

When pregnancy is desired, success is expected immediately. Yet, the ability to have a baby is age related and the ‘Biologic Clock’ may run out before the right partner appears. Egg freezing offers young women the potential to preserve their fertility regardless of the age they decide to try and become pregnant. Unfortunately, by the time many women who want egg freezing decide that egg freezing is right for them, it is often too late as the average age of women requesting this service is between 37 and 38 years of age. Sadly, by age 38 and certainly by 40, the majority of their eggs are abnormal and less likely to make a healthy baby. Egg freezing is best done in women before age 35 and ideally before age 30.

Egg freezing involves a series of medications that are self administered over a period of two to three weeks. Egg retrieval is performed under light anesthesia and then they are quickly frozen in a process known as vitrification. Vitrified eggs can be kept indefinitely or until you are ready to try and have a baby. Egg freezing has the potential to free women from the constraints of their biologic clock giving them the potential to control when is the best time for them to try and have a baby.

Cost is a major barrier for many young women wanting egg freezing. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has said that the price for egg freezing is as high as $18,000. At the Fertility Centers of New England, we understand the financial burdens imposed by these advanced technologies. That is why we offer egg freezing for $5,000 to enable young women the reproductive freedom to choose when they are ready to become mothers.

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Joseph A. Hill, III, M.D.

Joseph A. Hill, III, M.D. Board-Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility