Egg freezing can be an empowering choice, but it’s also a big choice; which is why you’ll want to prepared.
Dr. Shahin Ghadir, a california fertility doctor with Southern California Reproductive Center (SCRC), shared a few preparation tips that can make the egg freezing process the empowering one you’ve intended it to be.
It is very important for a woman to be completely comfortable with the clinic and medical doctor she chooses to do her egg freezing.
“Not only must a patient feel comfortable in the environment where she will be monitored during this entire process, but she should always ask questions about the success of their laboratory,” says Dr. Ghadir.
Additional questions include:
- How long has your clinic been performing egg freezing?
- What does your clinic consider the optimal age for egg freezing?
- Once eggs are frozen, where are they stored?
- Has your clinic had live births from frozen eggs?
- What is the price range for freezing eggs and what does that range cover?
At Southern California Reproductive Center (SCRC) they have been performing egg freezing for approximately 5 years and was one of the initial clinics in the country that used protocols that allowed for successful outcomes.
“Our clinic does not have an optimal age for egg freezing; ideally, women should be under the age of 35,” says Dr. Ghadir. “However, many of our patients are between the ages of 35 and 40 and occasionally, when we have a patient that is still showing hormonally that her egg reserve is adequate and maybe over the age of 40, we can discuss the risks, benefits, and alternatives of this procedure.”
Southern California Reproductive Center is located in the heart of Beverly Hills in a 24-hour a day secured office building with a live guard and all oocytes are frozen and preserved on our own premises in our in vitro laboratory in the section that is designated for frozen oocytes, embryos, and sperm. SCRC has had live births from the use of the use of frozen eggs.
“The range of cost for freezing eggs is approximately between $7,000 to $8,000 not including medications and not including pretesting,” explains Dr. Ghadir. “The additional pretesting costs can add up to be approximately a few hundred dollars and the medication costs depending on the wellbeing of someone’s health and their current fertility status can range anywhere between $2,000 to $6,000 and is assess individually per patient.”