It is now possible to have your oocytes stored and to be reimbursed without medical reason. What are the conditions and procedures? Explanations.
American actress Sienna Miller opened up to ELLE UK about having her eggs frozen at the age of 40. Since 2011, in France, you could have them stored under two conditions: just before a treatment that could affect fertility (for example chemotherapy) and if you were an egg donor yourself.
But since August 2021, the bioethics law has expanded the possibilities of freezing of its gametes: this is no longer limited to medical reasons. But concretely, what does the text say? To access it and benefit from social security coverage, you must meet age conditions: be between 29 and 37 years old. Besides, the procedure is simplified on certain pointsfor example, the spouse of the person who donates his gametes no longer has to give his consent.
If the ovarian stimulation and the oocyte retrieval intervention is reimbursed by health insurance, the conservation itself remains payable, ie approximately 40 euros per year.
Path to follow
The procedure to follow begins with a gynecological consultation. Then, you have to establish a kind of inventory of your fertility, which allows you to estimate your chances of conceiving by medically assisted procreation. After a few blood tests, gynecological examinations and ultrasound, you begin a treatment that lasts about 10 days to stimulate your egg production. Then a control examination is carried out before being able to take them.
The oocytes are stored in liquid nitrogen at -196 degrees Celsius without time limit. Each year, your consent to keep them is requested. Without news from you for 10 consecutive years, the gametes are discarded, as well as in the event of death.
Sources: Legifrance, Dondovocytes.fr.
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