How To Prepare For Egg Freezing
25 August 2022
25 August 2022
How exactly do you prepare for egg freezing? There are a number of steps you can take to ensure that freezing your eggs is both a positive and empowering experience.
The first step to prepare for egg freezing is to have a conversation with a trusted and experienced fertility specialist to understand whether egg freezing is right for you. Your doctor will consider factors including your age, medical history, weight and lifestyle, before advising you on how to proceed. They will also ask you to have some tests done, this will include a blood test and ultrasound. It’s important to remember that egg freezing is a medical procedure so don’t be afraid to ask your doctor plenty of questions and seek clarification so that you fully understand the process and what is required of you to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.
When trying to conceive it’s important to be as healthy as possible and it’s no different when you are undergoing egg freezing. Before your procedure you should eat well and continue to exercise - but don’t overdo it. Get plenty of sleep so you’re well rested and avoid smoking, drinking alcohol and using recreational drugs. You want the eggs that we collect and freeze to be as healthy as possible and to ensure that there no complications during your procedure.
The egg freezing process takes about a couple of weeks from the time you start injections to stimulate your follicles to the day of your egg collection, but in reality there are plans that need to be put in place beforehand. You might need to attend a few appointments first, have tests carried out and you will have to collect your medication and administer injections at a set time. You will need to decide if you’ll be self-injecting or require help from a partner or other support person. It’s actually not as painful or difficult as you might imagine. A support person can also drive you to and from the clinic on collection day and you should arrange to have the day off work. Also plan for the cost of your procedure and review your health insurance. The cost will vary depending on whether your egg collection is deemed medical or elective. Medical egg freezing is covered by Medicare, but there is currently no rebate for elective egg freezing. Remember to factor in future storage costs as you prepare for egg freezing.
Egg freezing can be an emotional and physically draining experience, but it can also be incredibly empowering. As you prepare for egg freezing, be kind to yourself and ensure that you are well supported throughout the process. Remember you have made an important reproductive choice and you are in control of your fertility. While there is no way of knowing ahead of time how many eggs you will end up freezing, each one represents the opportunity to have a baby should you decide to use them in the future.
Dr Sarah Hunt is a Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility. She practices in Hawthorn East and Clayton in Victoria. She has achieved a Certificate of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility - the highest qualification for a fertility specialist in Australia and New Zealand. You can learn more about her here.
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