All Things Egg Freezing and Back
As women, we all know about the biological clock, but we might not all know how we can beat it. Eggsperience wants to give ambitious women a roadmap with extensive medical resources for all things egg freezing and back, as we travel our fertility journey to motherhood. Here is a safe place to hear other women’s stories, learn key facts about egg freezing, see what physicians are saying, discover tricks to navigate through the procedure yourself, read, watch, and listen about fertility choices to contemplate your own decisions to make for your future-self.
Now is the time to ask your OBGYN or fertility specialist for the Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) test that measures potential fertility and ovarian reserve. This is a simple blood test that can determine the likelihood of a woman’s remaining egg supply. While it does not determine egg quality, which is equally important in the egg freezing process, there are a few other fertility tests that can be used in combination for evaluating your fertility. However, none of the tests are perfect, an estimate is still better than NOT knowing your reproductive status or waiting too long to do anything about it.
It is not an accident you found the Eggsperience website today, so please share with others who may be thinking about or are struggling with this topic. Word of mouth can be powerful. The hope is to educate every woman about their body younger and to understand the evolving technology of oocyte cryopreservation. Education is powerful and when we know better, we do better.
What Women Are Saying
Here is a collection of what other women from all over the globe are saying about egg freezing and their journey to motherhood. If you relate to one of these amazing women and would like to connect, just click their profile and reach out to them via social media. They would love to hear from you. Feel free to visit the resource pages for more details about fertility and information around all things egg freezing or oocyte cryopreservation.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) lifted their “experimental” label for egg freezing in October 2012, because a new quick-freeze vitrification method radically improved success rates. After reviewing more than 1,000 studies, ASRM found that frozen and thawed oocytes were as effective as fresh eggs commonly used for in vitro fertilization (IVF). Furthermore, they found no increased risk of birth defects or chromosomal abnormalities when women used their frozen eggs. While the ASRM supports egg freezing for cancer patients, they do not endorse social egg freezing for women wanting to electively delay motherhood, citing lack of data. The first baby born using a frozen oocyte was in 1986. The statistics for egg freezing may be viewed as rather limiting, but fertility marketer estimates that 76,000 women will be freezing their eggs by 2020.
Suggested Ideal Age to Freeze
Chance Per Egg to Live Birth*
Average Cost Per Freezing Cycle**
Average Eggs Frozen Per Cycle
Average Age Freezing in 2009
Live-Birth Rate Per Embryo Transfer Vitrification*
Average Cost of Hormones**
Average Storage Cost Per Year**
Women Froze Eggs in 2009*
3939Women Froze Eggs in 2013*
Women Froze Eggs in 2015*
Live-Births From Frozen Eggs Since 2015*
*Data Source: 2015 American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) information
**Clinic fees, medications, and pharmaceutical hormones costs vary from state to state, per insurance, company benefits, pharmacy plans, co-pays, deductibles, and out-of-pocket costs
The Eggsperience wheelhouse revolves around women’s health, but don’t take our word for it … read, see, hear, and discover more for yourself. Here are a few resources to get you started on what others are saying about egg freezing online. Please remember to share and pass along this information to others desiring to learn about the process of oocyte cryopreservation.
BOOKS Resources Books
Read about the egg freezing process and use these book suggestions to help learn, discuss, and debate the hard topics around family planning, egg freezing, and other women’s choices. Hopefully, these suggested books will help guide your decision-making process to plan out what you want for your own future choices while you still have time.Read More
VIDEOS Resources Videos
Watch examples of other women going through the process of freezing their eggs. Learn about all the details involved with the oocyte cryopreservation journey. See first hand what other women face, experience, learn, and how the process of egg freezing turned out or was like for them. Find out more if egg freezing could be the right choice for you in the future.Read More
PODCASTS Resources Podcasts
Listen to women who have already frozen their eggs and what they are saying now. Hear how they came to this conclusion and why it was the best choice for them. Figure out how these stories apply to your future choices and what you could taking advantage of. Send to others who are also searching for examples of how to navigate through the cluster of fertility technology.Read More
BLOGS Resources Blogs
Keep up daily with your favorite women who are blogging about their egg freezing journey. Find out what motivated them to choose cryopreservation, the thought process behind it, and what is happening now after they decided to freeze their eggs. Explore other like-minded individuals who you can relate to and keep up with their progress.Read More
What Physicians Are Saying
Dr. Joseph Davis
Dr. Joseph Davis is a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist with a passion for helping…
Dr. Lora Shahine
Dr. Lora Shanine is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist currently practicing at Pacific NW Fertility and IVF…
Professor Geeta Nargund
Professor Geeta Nargund is the award-winning Medical Director of CREATE Fertility. She is also a Senior Consultant Gynaecologist…
Dr. John Zhang
Dr. John Zhang is a true pioneer in the area of minimally invasive (Natural Cycle and Mini-IVF™) fertility care,…
Dr. William Schoolcraft
Dr. William Schoolcraft is the founder and medical director of the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine, the…
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