It is the era of focusing on your career while future family planning. Remember the era of when wearing dress pants was such a shock and an empowering move…well its now egg freezing.
Freezing your eggs is a hot topic these days, especially when its now part of your health benefits. A lot of the big tech giants are covering it in their offered employee health plans, which more and more companies are following suit.
I went through two rounds of egg freezing myself. You can find out more on why I chose to freeze my eggs in the video at the end. It all started at Thanksgiving dinner…
Here are things you should know to help you decide if this is right for you.
If you are not working at a company already that is covering egg freezing as part of their health insurance, expect to pay upwards of $6,000 for the medication alone and around $8,000 for the procedure, so anywhere from $10,000-$20,000 all together.
Your expenses don’t end after your eggs are retrieved, you have to pay the monthly storage fees as well until you are ready to use them, anywhere from $15-$20 a month depending on the clinic.
And remember it costs money to take your eggs out and it will cost money to put them back in when you are ready to do the second half of the process, IVF.
If the sight of a needle makes you queasy, you are going to have to face your fears. For 8-10 days expect to self-inject yourself with hormones. The first 4 days will be injections in the evening to stimulate the follicles and ovulation….and on the 5th day, if your blood work and ultrasound looks good, you also start injections in the morning with a different medication to prevent premature ovulation. Altogether, these medications help you to produce multiple eggs within 10 days.
The Day Of Your Egg Retrieval
The egg retrieval is an outpatient procedure and takes altogether a few hours, depending on how fast you wake up from the anesthesia. They administer general anesthesia so no eating or drinking, even water, after midnight before your procedure. While you are under, the doctor uses an ultrasound-guided needle to remove the eggs from your ovaries. I couldn’t get the image out of my head of my ovaries being poked with a needle over and over again! I still can’t get use to when the anesthesiologist made me can’t down from 10 and some where in between 10 and 8 I woke up in the recovery room and it was all over. Luckily it was not too painful when I woke up. It will be done sooner than you would expect and you will be in your own bed before you know it. I suggest having a heating pad handy for minor cramping.
Hormones! Hormones! Hormones! Be Kind To YourselfWell some say or tease that you become very hormonal during the egg freezing cycle, but for me I was glowing, or at least that’s what my friends said, they might have been teasing me. I think I was one of those on a good hormonal high, but I paid for it after the fact. I felt great during the cycle, but a few days after the egg retrieval it was that hormonal dip that caused me to go into a state of depression. Think about it, injecting yourself with hormones for 8-10 days and then nothing, you can imagine how your body is trying to readjust to the lack of hormones.
I didn’t think I needed to take more than a day or two off work, so I worked from home on day 2 and on day 3 I went into work, but that morning all I wanted to do was stay in bed and cry except I had back to back meetings from 8am to 8pm! Unfortunately, others felt my hormonal wrath. It’s funny thinking about it now, I remember my project manager quickly walking pass my office door repeating over and over again “Diana is not having a good day, Diana is not having a good day,” as I unleashed at someone I was in a meeting with. I learned my lesson and my team also learned and asked me to stay home for the second cycle. For my second egg freezing cycle I stayed home for my sake and for everyone around me.
Be kind to yourself. Make sure to have a light schedule for 2 weeks and truly take the time after to recover, your body needs it and so does your mind and emotions. It’s a sensitive time. It’s a great excuse to stay home, be on the couch and watch your favorite shows, remember day time TV!?
If you are on the fence or if you currently don’t want kids, but have the opportunity to freeze your eggs, my opinion is just do it and here is why: quantity and quality. The older you get the less eggs there are and less quality, pretty much from the age of 35 on is when your egg quality starts declining. “By 35 about 30% of women will experience difficulty conceiving naturally due to egg quality.” Seattle Reproductive Medicine
Quantity wise, we were born with only a set amount of eggs and each month a few hundred die. If anything, go get your AMH (Antimullerian Hormone) levels checked along with a follicle count. It will give you an idea of your ovarian reserve.
Here To Help!
I went through Seattle Reproductive Medicine and their process was impeccable, I appreciated it especially with an already hectic schedule. Check out the video below for more about my journey. For more information about Egg Freezing visit Seattle Reproductive Medicine.
It can be a scary process and a big decision. I’m happy to help with any questions. I hope this article was helpful.
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