If you're concerned about fertility, but you're focused on building a career, finding your S.O., or just aren't ready to start a family, you're not alone. According to NPR, an unprecedented number of woman are choosing to delay pregnancy and are opting to safeguard their eggs. Between 2009 and 2013, the number of American women who froze their eggs jumped—by over 700%.
Despite the growing popularity of this option, Insider points out that there are still a lot of misconceptions about the controversial treatment. From the cost of storing eggs to daily hormone injections, here are the five little-known facts you need to know about freezing your eggs.
You'll Be Charged for Using Frozen Eggs
It comes as no surprise that freezing your eggs is expensive, but Jane Frederick, MD, a board-certified fertility expert, says many couples don't realize you'll be charged multiple times throughout the process. A single egg-freezing cycle costs from $6000 to $10,000 and includes initial tests, injections, and retrieval surgery. Afterward, you'll be charged an additional annual storage fee to keep the eggs viable. If you choose to use the eggs—thaw, fertilize, and transplant them—it can cost up to $18,000 to get pregnant.
Some Businesses Offer It As an Employee Benefit
Can't fathom paying that much to freeze your eggs? According to Insider, some large tech companies offer the treatment to employees. Both Apple and Facebook will pay for female part-time and full-time employees to have cryopreservation and egg storage as part of their maternity leave policy.
There's No Guarantee It Will Work
According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, there's a 2% to 12% chance that a frozen egg will result in a baby. There's a lot of conflicting data as the treatment is so new, but Frederick argues that in her experience, the success rate ranges from 25% to 50%, depending on age.
You'll Need to Inject Yourself With Hormones
"If tests indicate that you're a good candidate, the doctor will prescribe a suite of hormonal medications that you'll have to buy from a pharmacy and inject into your stomach or thigh over the next 10 to 12 days at home," Insider explains. You'll need to return to the clinic every day for additional blood work and ultrasounds.
It Involves Surgery
You'll need to have surgery to retrieve the eggs. "The retrieval is an incision-free, outpatient surgery. You'll go under anesthesia, and the doctor will extract the eggs vaginally, using a needle guided by ultrasound," they explain.
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