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When is the Best Time to Freeze Your Eggs?

When is the Best Time to Freeze Your Eggs?

Today, women are often finding themselves having kids later in life. There are many reasons that women might hold off or not be ready to have kids. The reasons can range from not finding the right partner to health issues and even career focus.

No matter what the reason is for holding off on family building, egg freezing or oocyte preservation is a great option for those women who know they want a family in the future but they’re not quite ready at the present moment. While this option is great, when is the best time to freeze your eggs?

Best Time to Freeze Your Eggs

The best time for a woman to freeze her eggs is in her late 20s or early 30s, during the prime reproductive years. This allows women to take advantage of their best egg quality and quantity. 

Women are born with all the eggs they will ever have, so over time, this number decreases, and the quality of the eggs also declines as a woman ages. By age 40, there is only a 5% chance of naturally conceiving each cycle, and a significantly higher chance of miscarriage.

For some women, age isn’t the only factor to consider when freezing their eggs. If a woman is undergoing certain medical treatments, such as hormone therapy or cancer treatments, like chemotherapy or radiation, she may also be an ideal candidate to freeze her eggs, as certain medical treatments can damage her eggs for the future.

Before freezing your eggs, your reproductive endocrinologist will offer some simple diagnostic testing to determine if you are a good candidate for egg freezing. The tests often include bloodwork to check general hormones and AMH (anti-mullerian hormone), which gives you a better idea of how many eggs you have left. 

Affording Egg Freezing or Oocyte Preservation

The cost of egg freezing or Oocyte Preservation may seem daunting at first, but there are options for financing and reducing the treatment costs. 

It’s always important to first reach out to your insurance provider to see if they cover any egg-freezing processes or medications. These services were not covered for years, but in recent years, we are seeing a shift to more and more insurance providers offering to help cover the costs. 

If your costs are not covered by insurance, there are financing options available that our team can discuss with you. In addition to insurance and financing, many organizations offer grants to help cover the costs of fertility preservation, especially for those undergoing medical treatment such as hormone therapy and cancer treatment.

It’s Easy to Get Started

If you’re ready to learn more about the egg-freezing process and if it’s right for you, give us a call today to set up your initial consultation. During this consultation, we’ll review your medical history, offer some important diagnostic testing, and walk you through your fertility preservation options. 

We know it’s a big decision to consider freezing your eggs for the future, and we take our time explaining the process and what it could mean for your future. This is also a great time for you to ask any questions and meet with our financial team, which can help you navigate the cost of treatment.

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