Egg freezing is growing in popularity. Should men also have skin in the game?
Many women freeze their eggs, and education, information, and access to egg freezing have been increasing. It’s not uncommon to have heard about egg freezing from conversations with friends, a television show, or even from your HR team at work.
Egg freezing has become increasingly popular among women. Data collected by SART reported that 23 times more women froze their eggs in 2017 as compared to 2009. Many believe that this trend will continue and that women will continue to freeze their eggs.
Women freeze their eggs for various reasons, which include: having a condition that can affect fertility, undergoing treatment such as cancer, undergoing IVF, or if they wish to preserve their eggs for future use.
Egg freezing is not an inexpensive endeavor, as it costs approximately $15,000-$20,000 per cycle and multiple cycles may be undergone. This cost includes things like medications and treatment and storage.
Even before starting the egg freezing process, women will likely undergo screening blood tests like ovarian reserve testing. From there, there are multiple steps including ovarian stimulation, egg retrieval, and freezing. Ovarian stimulation requires taking synthetic hormones to stimulate ovaries to produce multiple eggs, as well as blood tests and vaginal ultrasounds. Egg retrieval is typically completed in a clinic or doctor’s office and is done under sedation. After the eggs are harvested, they are then frozen for preservation.
Needless to say, egg freezing is a process that involves multiple steps and is invasive. However, many women choose to go through the process in order to preserve their fertility for future use.
Men freeze their sperm for similar reasons that women freeze their eggs. However, the process for men to store their sperm does not require taking hormones or being sedated during the retrieval process. All a man has to do is masturbate. And, with Dadi, they can produce the sample from the comfort of home, without having to even step into a clinic. Moreover, pricing for sperm freezing is much more affordable. For example, with Dadi, the cost to test on store sperm is $199, with each successive year of freezing after the first free year being $99.
So, should men also freeze their sperm? Sperm freezing is a way for men to also preserve their fertility, at a fraction of the cost it takes for women to freeze their eggs. If a couple is looking into fertility preservation options, sperm storage is also a way to preserve fertility.
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