The main risk when undergoing hormone injections is what’s called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). It can range from mild to severe (abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea).
Severe cases are pretty rare, with only about 1 severe case in 1000 women in 2016, with rates continuing to fall annually. Women with high ovarian reserve are more at risk for this.
What are the side effects?
Side effects vary for everyone, but most people get similar symptoms as PMS (breast tenderness, constipation, tiredness, bloating, slightly moody).
No-no's during egg freezing?
Intense exercise (walking is cool) Marijuana Sex (you’ll be suuuper fertile) Alcohol (doctors are actually divided on this, some say a little is okay)
What’s recovery like after egg retrieval?
You might feel bloated for a few days, but most people are back to work the next day.
You’ll want to wait until your next period (between 5-14 days) before returning to intense exercise or sex to let your ovaries heal and reduce swelling.
You can start drinking alcohol or taking marijuana one day post retrieval.
What's the ideal age to freeze eggs?
Unequivocally, egg freezing works best the earlier you do it. You could be as young as 23, and usually no older than 42.
It is really a numbers game, so as you age you’ll be looking at more cycles (and more $) to get enough eggs to result in a baby.
Some women wonder whether they should do it early, because they may not use the eggs later. In many ways, egg freezing is for present you - not only future you - as it lets you live more freely in both career and matters of the heart today!
What's the cost with Lilia?
If you're under 35 and have normal ovarian reserve, egg freezing is $9,000 flat in SF, LA, Chicago and $10,000 in NYC. This includes:
- Egg count testing - Consults and regular monitoring appointments - Hormone medications - Egg Retrieval (sedation included) - Egg Freezing in the lab
Storage is $1,000 a year. Though, we created a package to pass on some savings. Because almost no one uses their eggs in the first 3 years, you can buy 3 years of storage for $1,450.
How much does it cost elsewhere?
Egg freezing at most places will be $12,000 to $18,000 all-in. Often they will give you a quote that does NOT include meds, unlike Lilia.
Elsewhere: - Egg count testing: $500-$1000 - Consults and monitoring: $2000-$4000 - Hormone medications: $4000-$6000 - Egg Retrieval and Freezing: $4000-$8000 - Sedation: $500-$1000 - Egg Freezing in the lab: (included above)
Then, storage is $600 - $1,000 per year
Where are my eggs stored?
With the top cryobank in the country: NECC in Boston. They’ve been around for 50+ years and have never had an issue with lost tissue.
We even have our own eggs stored here.
Is it safe to ship my eggs?
Yup. People do it all the time using Fedex. Every year, 1500-2500 egg samples are shipped across the US. That said, any time a human touches something, there’s a risk of it going wrong.
Prep & using your eggs
What happens when I go to use my eggs?
When you're ready to use your eggs, you can get them shipped to a local IVF clinic (using a specialized courier service with experience in egg shipping to minimize risk).
There, your eggs will be thawed, fertilized with sperm, genetically tested, and put in your uterus. This part would cost ~$7,500-$12,500+.
What if I’m on birth control?
If you’re currently on the pill or patch, you’ll stop taking it for the month before egg freezing and during the ~14 days of your egg freezing cycle.
Following your egg retrieval, you’ll start taking it again after you get your period.
If you have an IUD, you can leave it in since it doesn’t prevent ovulation and doesn’t get in the way during retrieval.
Does birth control affect my fertility?
Nope! Some women think long-term hormonal birth control use could “mess up” their fertility, but this isn’t true.
The best answer doctors can give right now is that birth control may decrease your fertility hormone testing levels temporarily
What if I had covid recently?
Depends on how severely you had it. Here’s what's recommended: - Asymptomatic but tested positive: wait 4 weeks - Respiratory symptoms, (not diabetic or immunocompromised): wait 6 weeks - Respiratory symptoms, (have diabetes or immunocompromised): wait 8 weeks - Hospitalized: wait 8 weeks - Was in ICU: wait 12 weeks
Queens Don’t Rush
When done early, egg freezing is the best option for keeping your reproductive options open. We could all use more time and less pressure.