FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Women Undergoing Egg Preservation

This page is meant to be educational only, and is not meant to give any advice. For personalized advice, please make an appointment with our Fertility Preservation Coordinator (FPC). For a list of frequently asked questions regarding men interested in sperm preservation, click here.

  • What is egg preservation?
    • Egg preservation (freezing) is an advanced technology that allows you to freeze and store your eggs in subzero temperatures. Later, when you are ready to become pregnant, the eggs can be thawed, fertilized with sperm and transferred to the uterus as embryos.

  • How do I know if I am a candidate?
    • Regardless of the reason you would like to freeze your eggs, during your free consultation, our FPC will go over your medical history and eligibility with you to determine if egg preservation is right for you.

  • How does the process work?
    • Once determined you are a candidate, your ovaries are initially stimulated with fertility treatment medications to enhance the number and quality of eggs produced. Your eggs are then extracted, analyzed, preserved and stored in subzero temperatures until you are ready to proceed with pregnancy.* At that point, the eggs are thawed, fertilized with sperm and transferred to the uterus as an embryo (once the egg is fertilized by the sperm the product is referred to as an embryo).

      * Should you wish to freeze embryos, please alert the FPC during your consultation.

  • Is egg preservation safe for the baby?
    • In 2013, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) reviewed data on egg preservation and noted that success of this type of fertility treatment has improved dramatically over the past decade. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Gynecologic Practice fully supports the practice37. No increases in chromosomal abnormalities, birth defects or developmental deficits have been noted in the children born from cryopreserved eggs38.

  • Is egg preservation safe for women?
    • Yes, egg preservation is safe for women. Because the medications must be delivered via injections, one may experience pain at the site of the injection. However, the pain can subside immediately or as treatment is completed. Of course, due to the nature of the medications administered to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs, there is risk that the ovaries may hyperstimulate. While hyperstimulation is a rare occurrence, you may note temporary discomfort and fluid collection in your abdomen. Other very rare risks include reaction to anesthesia, bleeding or infection. The FPC monitors the patient closely to reduce the chance of this taking place.

      During egg retrieval, you must undergo sedation performed by board certified registered nurse anesthetists. Together, you will review your medical history to ensure your safety. You are monitored by the anesthesiologist during and before the procedure. Once the procedure has concluded, please remember that you must have someone to accompany you home. You may experience discomfort/cramping after the procedure, and the FPC will discuss this and pain relief with you before you leave.

  • Who should consider egg preservation?
    • Egg preservation is a technology that has helped many different women for a number of reasons and is particularly beneficial for the following:
      • Women who are advancing in age and want the option to have a child later on
      • Women who want to want to delay childbearing due to personal, educational, or career goals
      • Women diagnosed with cancer
      • Women suffering from medical conditions such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts and/or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
      • Women with diabetes, autoimmune conditions, kidney and/or liver disease and eating disorders
      • Women with a family history of early menopause
  • Will preserving my eggs diminish my ability to produce eggs naturally?
    • No. Given the large number of eggs a women has in her lifetime, the process of egg preservation will not diminish your ability to produce eggs naturally or conceive naturally.

  • How many eggs can I/should I store?
    • For optimal chances for pregnancy, you may decide to undergo more than one stimulation cycle. Of course, this differs from patient to patient so Dr. Miller will assess the situation on a case by case basis.

      For women undergoing medical treatments, more than one stimulation cycle may not be an option due to time sensitive therapies. Dr. Miller will collaborate with you and additional medical teams to discuss timing and available options.

  • At what age should I consider preserving my eggs?
    • From the time a woman is born, her number of eggs begin to diminish. Between the ages of 35-37, the quality of those eggs declines as well, making it harder for her to conceive12, 13.

      While eggs can be frozen at any age, it is ideal for patients to preserve eggs in their late 20’s or early 30’s; that is, before the decline in quality.

      Additionally, medical concerns that may impact fertility can affect women at any age. We are here to help and will assess the need and advantage of egg preservation for each case.

  • Where will the eggs be stored?
    • Immediately after they are frozen, the eggs will be placed into one of our liquid nitrogen storage containers for safe-keeping. At the Advanced Fertility Preservation Institute, we provide storage for our patients to give them peace of mind during this process.

  • How long can eggs remain frozen?
    • Our state-of-the-art facility is licensed for preservation by the State of Illinois and has all of the proper technology in place to assure the safe long-term preservation of your eggs.

  • What are my options if I have unused eggs?
    • Unused eggs can be discarded or used for research. These options can be discussed with the FPC.

  • How long will the process take? How many appointments should I expect to attend?
    • Prior to a stimulation cycle, you will be invited to participate in a free consultation. Once that takes place, we will set up an appointment for additional testing and evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for egg preservation. If so, the FPC will set up a plan for the stimulation cycle for egg preservation. The preservation process can take anytime between 10-12 days based on the start of your period, while the overall process may be 8-10 weeks from start to finish.

      The amount of appointments will range from person to person depending on progress and known medical conditions, but once stimulation begins, you can expect to visit the office every 2-3 days.

  • Where do I get medication for the stimulation cycle?
    • The medications used for ovarian stimulation can be prescribed through Freedom Fertility Pharmacy (800-660-4283), a national pharmacy or Healy Pharmacy (630-357-2900) in Naperville, IL.

      Healy-Fertility-Medication-Package-Price Freedom-Fertility-Medication-Package-Price

  • Do I have to inject myself with the medications?
    • We understand your reservations about the needles and injections that must be used to stimulate egg numbers, quality and maturation. Whether you are freezing your eggs or embryos with or without a partner, the FPC will provide a thorough tutorial on how and where to inject the needles. Additionally, if the dose changes during the course of treatment, per Dr. Miller's recommendation, our team will provide you with very clear and detailed instructions. Our team will be available should you have any questions, concerns or it is determined you need assistance with the injections.

  • Is there any pain associated with egg preservation?
    • You can expect pain at the site of the injections, however the pain can subside immediately or as treatment is completed. Of course, due to the nature of the medications administered to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs, there is risk that the ovaries may hyperstimulate. While hyperstimulation is a rare occurrence, you may note temporary discomfort and fluid collection in your abdomen. Other very rare risks include reaction to anesthesia, bleeding or infection. The FPC monitors the patient closely to reduce the chances of this taking place.

      During egg retrieval, you must undergo sedation performed by board certified anesthesiologists. Together, you will review your medical history to ensure your safety. You are monitored by the nurse anesthetist throughout the procedure. Once the procedure has concluded, please remember that you must have someone to accompany you home. You may experience discomfort/cramping after the procedure, and the FPC will discuss this and pain relief with you before you leave.

  • What do I do when I am ready to have children?
    • When you are ready to have children, please contact Dr. Miller’s office and our team will discuss next steps with you.

  • What are the overall cost estimates for egg preservation?
    • There are two medication options to choose from. Should you move forward with Healy Pharmacy, the overall cost estimate is $9,100.37. If you decide to use Freedom Pharmacy as your provider, the overall cost estimate is $10,144.56.*

      There is a one-time storage set-up fee of $1,500 and each subsequent year is $500 for storage. If for any reason a patient wishes to discontinue their storage at our facilities within the first six months of their annual contract, the second six months will be refunded.

      We also offer a six months free storage referral bonus. For anyone who refers a patient, they will receive six months of free storage. In addition, the patient who is referred to us will receive six months of free storage.

      *All costs are estimated and not guaranteed; type and number of tests/procedures may vary due to individual outcomes. Fees quoted are for the egg preservation cycle only and not for any preceding diagnostic tests.

  • Does insurance cover egg preservation?
    • For virtually all patients, except when the diagnosis is cancer, only a small portion of the cost may be covered by health insurance. Please check with your insurance provider for specific policy coverage. Nevertheless, our insurance representative will evaluate your coverage on an individual basis.

  • Does The Advanced Fertility Preservation Institute offer financing?
    • In an effort to provide you with the best financing available, we have partnered with Prosper Healthcare Lending. Prosper is the premier financing company in the healthcare industry and provides low interest rate plans with longer terms to make it affordable for our patients. Financing through Prosper is 100% confidential and is quick and easy.

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