Choosing an egg freezing facility
Egg freezing has received a great deal of media attention in recent years, and many centers and clinics now claim to offer egg freezing services for preservation of fertility. At Assisted Fertility Services, we suggest that you ask the following questions:
- What is your experience with egg freezing? How long have you performed this procedure, and most importantly, have you ever thawed eggs or achieved pregnancies with this technology? For many women, especially those seeking egg freezing to preserve fertility for the future, the success or failure of a particular clinic's approach may not be evident for several years—that is, until her eggs are thawed. Thus, it is important to know what procedure for freezing eggs is being used by the clinic and whether there is documented proof that the procedure has been successful.
- What is the clinic's overall pregnancy rate with IVF, and with frozen embryo transfer? If a clinic has a successful frozen embryo transfer program, this shows that it can use freezing technology in an appropriate fashion, which in turn suggests that the clinic may be proficient in freezing eggs.
- What is the cost of egg retrieval, freezing and storage? Some programs charge more for egg freezing than they charge for an IVF cycle. While the cost associated with egg or ovarian tissue retrieval will vary somewhat from woman to woman, we believe our average costs are very competitive.