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Egg Freezing Q&A

August 17, 2022
Dr. Prati Sharma
Reproductive Endocrinologist and Fertility Specialist

Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where we feel like we’re stretched too thin; this could be due to work, family, or any personal matter that can be time-consuming. After all, we’re only human and there is only so much we can get done in one day. 

It is becoming more common for individuals to preserve their eggs for future use to minimize fertility issues. Many seek to freeze their eggs due to their busy lifestyles, and other personal circumstances. 

We previous held a LIVE discussion on egg freezing with Dr. Prati Sharma, Reproductive Endocrinologist and Fertility Specialist from CReATe Centre. We have transcribed and answered the following questions:

Q: How does egg freezing work?

A: Egg freezing is a process in which a woman is stimulated and harvests her eggs which are then frozen for future use. Egg freezing is a process to preservice fertility early on, as eggs and ovaries age as women get older, possibly leading to difficulties becoming pregnant. 

Q: Who is a good candidate for egg freezing?

A: As a woman ages, the likelihood to become pregnant steadily decreases. Therefore, it is ideal to conceive under the age of 36 as younger eggs are healthier and stronger. It is important to note that there is an upward chance of 70% for women to have a healthy baby under the age of 35.

Q: What are the costs of egg freezing?

A: The cost of the procedure can range anywhere from $6 000 - $10 000, and any additional medications that are taken within the first 10-12 days after the procedure. In addition, there is a secondary cost of $5 000 - $10 000 to unfreeze the eggs in the future.

Q: How long is the process?

A: The initial consultation and testing period can take from 2 - 4 weeks. The process will begin on the second or third day of menstruation, and another around 10 - 12 days of injections that go into the stomach area.  

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About The Author

Practicing at Create Fertility Centre in Toronto, Dr. Prati combines her love for research in reproductive endocrinology and infertility with patient-centred clinical practice to provide the utmost care for patients.

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