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Egg Freezing can help ease the stress of family planning by enabling patients to plan for opportunities much earlier in their lives. Simultaneously, egg freezing allows for women to preserve their eggs during a time when they are working and don't have a partner. It is an option that more women are considering and more employers are helping support.

That said, the process isn't as simple as storing personal items or locking jewelry in a safe. When considering freezing your eggs, there are a few important issues to consider and as a result, there are a few critical questions to ask your doctor.

What is your insurance? 
The preliminary testing is often covered but your health insurance plan may not cover the cost of egg freezing. Consult your employer as more and more companies are helping the financing.

Are you healthy enough?
You don't have to be in perfect shape to do this but good health can help the long term chances. Before your first appointment, it is suggested get all your health records in order to properly evaluate your condition.

How much times does this take?
There are a few appointments that involve a specific time during your menstrual cycle.
You can expect spending about ten days on fertility medication during the ovarian stimulation part of your cycle. On the day of egg retrieval, you should plan to take the day off work.

When should I consider egg freezing?
The general consensus is that the younger you are the better the outcome. Ideal age will be less than 35 year old, as the reproductive potential decline accelerates after mid-30’s. Although, egg freezing can still be an option for late 30’s and early 40’s, eventual success is mush less in this group, so every year can make a significant difference.

What are the risks?
For most patients, side effects are very rare. Occasional ovarian hyperstimulation related discomforts can happen. Rarely, bleeding or pain could be an issue.
You should talk to your doctor about any possible complications that may come from fertility medications, egg retrieval procedure and any risk factors you may have which could affect your chances of experiencing more severe side effects.

How Important is the Laboratory?
Quality of the lab and its track records are very important. Not all laboratories have the same level of expertise and experiences. Remember, freezing the eggs is just a beginning step towards the eventual birth of healthy baby. Those eggs need to survive freezing, storage and thawing to create healthy embryos. You may need to undergo a few screening tests to evaluate your ovarian reserve status before undergoing egg freezing.

Are there other costs I should be aware of?
Besides initial ovarian stimulation, egg retrieval and freezing cycle cost, there will be a storage fee on yealy basis. When you decide to utilize the eggs later on, there will be IVF cost that involves fertilization with sperm, embryo culture, embryo testing and embryo transfer fees.
At Reproductive Medicine Associates of Southern California (RMASoCal), we know the many challenges that infertility can bring to individuals or couples. RMA has pioneered many of today's fertility procedures that have led to increased rates of success and our local team of highly trained professionals is ready to assist you with your individual journey to achieving parenthood.

For more information about how to get started or to learn more please call 424 293-8841 or visit www.rmasocal.com

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Dr. Thomas Kim

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Dr. Thomas Kim is a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Director in Embryology and a Certified Medical technologist.

His journey in the field of infertility treatment is a personal one dear to his heart.

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