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Freezing Your Eggs in Vermont
Egg freezing has become a more popular option over the last few years for women looking to preserve their fertility.
Women who know they want to have a child—but feel the time isn’t right to do so now—are now able to freeze their eggs when they are healthy and viable so they can be used to achieve a pregnancy later on. Many fertility clinics help women looking to preserve their fertility, either for medical or social reasons.
Egg freezing generally works best if eggs are frozen when you are in your late 20s or early 30s, as egg quality declines as you get older.
How Does Egg Freezing Work?
Once you find a fertility clinic that is experienced in egg freezing, your fertility doctor will run some tests like lab work and ultrasounds.
Then you’ll start on fertility drugs. Fertility drugs are necessary because they help you produce multiple eggs, which will then be harvested. The entire ovarian stimulation process will take a couple of weeks. When the eggs are ready, you’ll be given a trigger shot, and about 36 hours after that, your eggs will be harvested.
The egg retrieval process will occur while you are under anesthesia, so you will not feel any pain. Your fertility doctor will use an ultrasound-guided needle, which will be inserted through the back wall of the vagina up to your ovaries, to suction out any egg follicles present.
After the egg retrieval, your eggs will be frozen until you are ready to use them, at which time they’ll be thawed out. Most fertility clinics now use vitrification to freeze the eggs, since this rapid-freezing technique prevents damage upon thawing.
Saving on Egg Freezing
The cost of egg freezing varies depending on your location and which fertility clinic you choose, but it can range from a low of $6,500 to a high of $18,000.