You’re curious about egg freezing. Maybe you have a friend or a cousin who is going through the process and you’re wondering how egg freezing could fit into your busy lifestyle. We’ve compiled a step-by-step guide to the egg freezing process as well as money-saving resources and scheduling assistance. You have plenty of other things to worry about!
In short, egg freezing buys you some time so you can build your family when the time is right. To find out if you are a candidate for egg freezing, you need to check your ovarian reserve. You can do so by visiting a Reproductive Endocrinologist (fertility doctor). Once you have consulted with the doctor, you can make the decision to get started with egg freezing. Even if you decide egg freezing is not right for you, it never hurts to learn about your reproductive health.
Here is your step-by-step guide to the egg freezing process:
- Schedule your consultation with a Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) to learn about your ovarian reserve. Your Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) will tell the doctor if you are a candidate for egg freezing. Not sure where to find an egg freezing doctor in your area? Our Patient Care Advocates can recommend a doctor in your area and tell you how to save money on egg freezing with EggBanxx!
- You will meet with your nurse and learn how to administer fertility drug injections. Don’t panic! The needle is the size of a pen point and you will barely feel the pinch in your belly. Your fertility drugs will be ordered by your clinic and either delivered via mail order or picked up at a specialty pharmacy.
- You will wait for your menstrual cycle to begin. On the first day of full, red blood flow, you will report day one of your cycle to your fertility nurse. You will go into the clinic on day three for baseline blood work and ultrasound.
- You will begin your fertility drug injections that night. These injections will stimulate egg follicle growth in your ovaries so that a number of eggs can be retrieved and frozen.
- You will continue taking your fertility drugs each day for about 10-12 days. Your doctor will require that you come in for blood work and ultrasound monitoring, usually every other day. Your doctor has to make sure your hormone levels are where they should be and adjust your medication doses if necessary. These appointments are quick and you can head in to the office to start your work day shortly after.
- Once you have a good number of mature follicles to be retrieved, you will be given a “trigger shot” to finalize egg maturation. Your retrieval will be scheduled for the next 24-36 hours.
- Egg retrieval is performed under a light, general anesthesia. Your egg freezing doctor will use an ultrasound guided needle to aspirate the egg follicles and remove each egg for freezing.
- Once the retrieval is over (in about 15-20 minutes), you will be given some time to recover. You will need someone to drive you home and should plan on resting for the remainder of the day. A few hours later, your doctor will call you with the outcome of your egg retrieval and freezing. You can continue about your normal life until you’re ready to pursue your frozen eggs.
You will only have to miss one day of work for your egg retrieval. All other monitoring is done in the early morning hours before your work day begins. Side effects are mild and may include light cramping or bloating, like an exaggerated form of PMS.