BONUS 257: Egg Freezing 101

May 1, 2020

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Daniel Skora, a board-certified OB/GYN and board-eligible reproductive endocrinologist at Fertility Specialists of Texas.

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Dr. Skora and Heather discuss everything you need to know about egg freezing:

INTRODUCTION

  • I’d like to start by hearing a little bit about you. Tell us about your academic background and training.
  • Why did you choose a career in reproductive medicine?
  • Take us through your career.

EGG FREEZING

  • Egg freezing has become a buzz phrase in recent years. What is it exactly?
  • How does the COVID-19 outbreak affect my ability to freeze my eggs?
  • Can COVID-19 be passed on to frozen eggs?
  • Why would someone consider egg freezing?
  • If someone was going to freeze their eggs in order to delay motherhood, what is the best age to pursue treatment, and why?
  • Who are the best candidates for egg freezing?
  • Are there certain health concerns that automatically exclude someone from this option?
  • Walk us through the egg freezing process step-by-step.
  • Why do you think more and more companies are covering the cost of egg freezing for their employees?
  • What is the difference between egg freezing boutiques and traditional fertility centers? How can listeners make the best choice for them?
  • What is the average cost of an egg freezing cycle and what does it include?
  • How long can the eggs remain frozen before they need to be used?
  • Is there an age cap for a woman who wants to use her frozen eggs and carry the pregnancy?
  • If a woman has a large number of frozen eggs, what are her options if she doesn’t want to pursue embryo creation with all of them?
  • How do pregnancy success rates with frozen eggs compare to those in a traditional IVF/FET cycle?
  • What are egg freezing parties?
  • What is your best advice to any woman considering egg freezing?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to women who are considering freezing their eggs?

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