About Kindbody

We officially incorporated in February 2018, and our first clinic launched in August of 2018 in NYC. We are actively growing and expanding our reach nationally. Despite being a start-up within the space, all of our clinicians have been practicing reproductive medicine for decades.

We are currently located in New York and San Francisco, and will be opening in Los Angeles late 2019. To schedule an appointment and find specific location addresses, please visit kindbody.com/locations. We are headquartered at 1140 Broadway, Flr 11, New York, NY.

We are currently open Monday – Friday from 8:30am until 5:30pm. We are open Saturday from 8:30am until 2pm. If your schedule does not work within our standard operating time please let us know, our mission is to improve accessibility by your request. We are happy to come early, stay late and open on the weekend if you need.

All appointments can be booked online via kindbody.com/book. You are able to reschedule from portal.kindbody.com. If you have any issues, please call your specific location to book via phone.

Our Services

We offer a full suite of fertility and wellness services. We provide fertility assessments, egg freezing, IVF, IUI, donor services, embryo banking, embryo storage. We additionally offer coaching appointments such as nutrition counseling and therapy sessions. For full list of services, visit kindbody.com/services.

Yes, we are able to provide expanded carrier screening recommended for couples trying to conceive, this genetic screening tests for 286 genetic diseases. Currently we partner with Sema4 to do the processing of the test.

Yes, we provide a variety of wellness services such as nutrition counseling and therapy. Please inquire at kindbody.com/pricing for the full list available.

We can start your cycle and treatment when you are ready. We pride ourselves in not making women wait to start a cycle based on a pre-set schedule. We can start with your next menses if you are ready.

Finance & Billing

All pricing can be found at kindbody.com/pricing. In addition, we are able to offer financing options as necessary.

  • Full review of your medical/ personal history.
  • A physical exam.
  • Vaginal Ultrasound.
  • Blood draw for pre-required testing based on individual needs.
  • Review of any records you had done previously – please bring a copy with you if necessary.

Currently we are in network with Cigna, Aetna, Empire BCBS, and United/Oxford in New York for fertility and GYN services. Our labs work with most major providers for bloodwork processing.

Prior to your appointment, please make sure to upload your insurance card to your portal so we are able to verify coverage ahead of time.

We are always looking to add additional insurance providers and are working through the process for San Francisco, so please reach out to navigator@kindbody.com with any additional questions on insurance.

Typically you can use FSA or HSA towards egg freezing or fertility treatments. However please confirm with your HR department prior to submitting, as each plan has its own exclusions.

All of our services are payable via all major forms of credit card. For our larger fertility packages, we offer a payment plan, as well as the ability to put down a deposit prior to paying for the full package.

Blood tests, cultures, biopsies are all run by a 3rd party laboratory and charges are sent either directly from the laboratory to your insurance or to you in self-pay cases with no insurance.

Medications for treatment are not included in the price. If medications are not covered by your insurance, we will provide you with a list of pharmacies. We will also help you navigate discount programs’ prices on fertility medication for self-pay patients.

All payments are processed online either at the time of booking or after your appointment in the office. For cycling patients, your package must be paid in full prior to starting your stimulations. In instances where billing occurs annually, your card will be automatically charged on the day of renewal. In the instance your card is declined, after a reasonable number of attempts to get an updated form of payment, Kindbody may take subsequent action. 

If you have selected the option to do a payment plan, you will be automatically charged the appropriate amount each month until full payment has been received. 

Membership

The Kindbody membership allows you to continue your care with us for all your women’s health needs. For $120/year, you have access to GYN appointments, discounted wellness & coaching services, discounted supplements, and other perks. Visit kindbody.com/membership for more details.

Our membership cost is $120 per year. It is billed at purchase and will recur yearly until cancelled.

GYN appointments are currently only available to Kindbody members, but as a non-member you are able to book fertility and coaching appointments at our standard rates.

Once you have purchased your yearly membership, you may only cancel your membership for the subsequent year. Please email us at navigator@kindbody.com or call us at 855-KND-BODY to cancel.

Kindbody is focused on providing best-in-class medicine, in addition to a modern and tech-enabled patient experience. You receive real-time, 24/7 access to your medical records, personalized instructions, online support from our physicians, flexible scheduling, and more. All of your women’s health services are connected and coordinated under one roof, with empathetic providers who care. We are women who have designed the experience we would want ourselves.

If you have already gone through a fertility cycle with us, your first year’s membership is included in the cost of your fertility treatment (egg freezing, IVF or IUI). Simply, log into your account and you’ll see a “membership” banner on your dashboard. You are able to book GYN appointments online at anytime and enjoy all of the membership benefits for one year. After that you’re welcome to continue with our standard subscription fee of $120/yr.

Egg Freezing

Egg freezing is the process of preserving some of your eggs by retrieving them from your ovaries, freezing them, and storing them so you can use them to get pregnant later on.

To preserve your options. You might not be ready for babies right now because of your relationships, career, finances, or a whole host of other reasons, but you might want kids later. Or you really have no idea whatsoever, but you want to keep that option open. Freezing your eggs buys you time and can give you more choices in the future.

A few items to think about is your age, how many children you desire to have, how old would you like to be when you have your first child, how old do you think you will be when you have your last child, and what are your professional and personal life goals regarding having children? From there you can work to create a plan that matches your family planning goals as it relates to the answers to those questions.

Yes, you generally do not need to stop your birth control to do an egg freezing cycle. You CAN keep your IUD if you have one.

You’ll start by having a fertility assessment to map out a timeline. You’ll need to clear your schedule of traveling for roughly 2 weeks. Once you decide on a stimulation start date with your physician, you’ll be ready to go!

As with any medical procedure, there are some potential risks. There is a small risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, or OHSS for short, can occur in women taking injectable gonadotropins, which are used when women undergo egg freezing and in vitro fertilization. Too much gonadotropins can lead to a woman’s ovaries becoming swollen and painful. In addition, OHSS can cause fluid to shift from inside your blood vessels into the abdomen, which can cause bloating. Other symptoms of OHSS include rapid weight gain, decreased urination, nausea and vomiting, and shortness of breath. Woman at risk for OHSS include previous OHSS, polycystic ovarian disease (PCOS), younger age, elevated AMH levels, and elevated estradiol levels during treatment. OHSS is categorized into mild, moderate, and severe. Mild forms are treated at home with close monitoring and a follow-up in the office, while moderate and severe forms are rare, but may need to be treated in a hospital setting. At Kindbody, we monitor a woman’s fertility treatments very closely with frequent ultrasounds and blood work to minimize the risks of OHSS. 

One cycle of egg freezing takes roughly 14 days from the first injection to the day of the egg retrieval.  During those 14 days, you can go to work and continue your normal activities. The only day you need to take off from work or your normal routine is the day of the egg retrieval because the egg retrieval is done under anesthesia. You’ll need to rest following your procedure, and should feel back to normal the following day.

If you are planning to do more than one cycle, generally people wait 1 month between the cycles or you can wait as long as you want.  The decision to do more than one cycle will be based on your age, the number of children you hope to have and the number of eggs that are retrieved from your first cycle.

If you ultimately decide you no longer have use for your eggs, you can discard them (remember an egg is a cell, not an embryo), or you can also donate your eggs for science. In addition, if prior to freezing your eggs, you already know you want to do a “directed donation” where you are giving someone you know your eggs, you will need to undergo some additional testing to screen for certain diseases that you could potentially pass on to your donee.

Theoretically you can store your eggs forever! Eggs can be transferred and stored wherever you’d like for as long as you’d like. Once frozen, they’ll remain that way until you use them or they are discarded. There have been many healthy babies born from eggs frozen for 5–10 years, with the longest successful thaw coming after 14 years. There is no evidence that the health or viability of frozen eggs decreases over time.

The most predictive and important factor that affects fertility is our age. Age affects our eggs more than any other factor. Typically, the younger we are, the greater the quantity and quality of eggs we have.

Your quantity of eggs is also referred to as your “ovarian reserve.” Women are born with all the eggs they’ll ever have in their lifetime. At birth, we have about 2 million eggs and by the time a woman has her first period, she is down to 300,000 to 400,000. We continue to lose eggs at a rate of about 1,000 a month.

Age also degrades the genetic material of our eggs which can make having a healthy pregnancy tough. Eggs that are not chromosomally normal can result in miscarriage. Most miscarriages are, in fact, a result of genetically unhealthy embryos. Chromosomal abnormalities can also lead to congenital disorders like Down syndrome. It isn’t every egg that degrades as you get older, just a higher percentage.

Once the eggs are removed from your body and frozen according to very precise protocols in a specialized lab, they can no longer age. So while we can’t stop ourselves from getting older, we can suspend our eggs in time. The healthy, high quality eggs remain healthy and high quality! This means that if you decide to use your frozen eggs to get pregnant years later, your chances of achieving a successful pregnancy will be very similar to the chances you have of getting pregnant at the time your eggs were frozen.

Egg freezing typically entails 9-11 days of hormone injections to stimulate your ovaries to grow multiple eggs in one menstrual cycle, instead of the single egg they would typically grow. During this period, you’ll have 5-7 short office visits including blood tests and vaginal ultrasound exams. At these visits, we’ll assess your individual response to the medication and possibly make adjustments depending on how your eggs are growing. Finally, there’s a 15-minute surgical procedure performed under mild anesthesia to retrieve the eggs from your ovaries. This whole process, from the beginning of the injections through to the retrieval, is called a “cycle.”

Our clinical team will help coordinate your appointments, medications, and schedule, and be available to you at all times. We will help you understand what to expect and provide you with the support you need every step of the way.

 

The primary decision maker in your care team is you! Our number one goal is for you to feel empowered and in control.  Our fertility specialist (REI) will determine the protocols and management of your cycle. Our team comprised of OB/GYNs, NP, PA, MA will be a part of your care team and will help you through the process, to ensure you have the best quality care and attention to detail.

Egg freezing does not affect your natural ability to conceive. We will only retrieve eggs that grew that month and will dissolve (be lost) otherwise anyway if not retrieved.

While you are under anesthesia, the physician inserts a needle through the vaginal wall into each ovary to draw out the eggs and surrounding fluid. This is done with ultrasound guidance. The needle is attached to a catheter that’s connected to a test tube. The eggs flow through the catheter into these test tubes, which are then handed off to the embryologist, a highly trained expert in the science of oocyte cryopreservation (that’s the technical name for egg freezing). The entire procedure takes about 10–15 minutes. There are no scars left or stitches required.

Your eggs will be frozen by vitrification, a fast-freeze method . Vitrification reduces the likelihood that the fluid in the egg will form ice crystals, which could damage it.

  1. Certain parts of the process can be uncomfortable depending on how sensitive you are. The stimulation phase, during which you are injecting yourself with hormones, is generally more of a difficult due to convenience (frequent visits, daily injections) than it is painful. The needles for daily injections are very thin and you inject them into the fatty tissue around your belly. (Don’t worry—we go over exactly how to administer these injections in great detail. You’re never alone during this process!) Sometimes, the hormone medication may cause you to feel bloated and crampy due to your body responding to medication and growing more follicles this month. As for the vaginal ultrasound exams, they aren’t painful, but they can be a bit uncomfortable due to the nature of the procedure.
  2. During the 10 to 15-minute procedure to retrieve the eggs, you will be under anesthesia and won’t feel a thing. You may experience some discomfort when you wake up, like a little soreness in the vaginal area and/or some abdominal cramping, similar to how you might feel when you’re getting your period.

We recommend you rest for the remainder of the day after the procedure. The vaginal soreness and cramping can last for a few days after the procedure. But usually, that’s it.

In general, any healthy woman who currently has at least some healthy eggs and is not yet ready to have a baby is a good candidate for egg freezing. As an initial step, our physician will evaluate your specific story and review the benefits that egg freezing can realistically offer in your case.

In general, the younger you are, the better, simply because you’ll be able to produce and freeze more eggs in one cycle, with a greater percentage of them being genetically healthy.  Typically, you’ll get the most healthy eggs before you turn 30, slightly fewer from 30–35, and then a much smaller yield over 35. Keep in mind, in your mid-to-late 30s or even 40s, you can at least partially compensate for low egg-quality by freezing more eggs to increase your odds. This usually requires multiple egg freezing cycles, but it can give you a comparable chance of eventually achieving a healthy pregnancy to that of a younger woman who froze fewer eggs.

  1. That depends on several factors, the most important one being… (wait for it)… age! That’s because your age at the time of freezing is the best way to predict the likelihood of any individual egg being genetically normal. 
  2. If you are under 30 and you freeze at least 12 eggs, you can be pretty confident that if you decide to use them later on, they will ultimately yield a healthy pregnancy. If you are between the ages of 30 and 34, you should freeze about 20 eggs. If you are 35 or older, you should freeze at least 30 eggs. In this context, more is always better, because it increases your odds of achieving a healthy pregnancy. 
  3. Of course, a successful pregnancy may be likely, but it is never a guarantee with frozen eggs (or fresh eggs, for that matter). The best available scientific data suggests that if you follow these guidelines you will have an 80% or greater chance of achieving at least one pregnancy, barring any additional or unrelated fertility problems.

It depends. In general, when you are younger, you are likely to produce a larger number of eggs in one egg freezing cycle than when you are older. Younger women also produce a higher percentage of genetically healthy eggs, so they need to freeze fewer to begin with. Most younger women will reach their egg-freezing target in just one attempt, while older women are likely to need to complete multiple egg freezing cycles to reach their goal.

 

Our New York patients have their eggs or embryos stored at our lab at 693 5th Avenue. Our San Francisco patients have their eggs stored at a third party lab where we perform all procedures in conjunction with Laurel Fertility.

The Storage failure was a result of a multi-systems failure at that facility.  This situation is extremely rare and the industry has learned a great deal from this unfortunate event.  We at Kindbody have a state of the art lab with back-up generators and routine multi-level check and balance system that ensures the lab storage units are monitored and functioning optimally 24/7.  

One of the most crucial aspects that is often overlooked when choosing a fertility clinic is the quality of the assisted reproductive technology (ART) laboratory.  Your clinic should be able to provide you with details about the lab’s operation, whether it is an in-house lab or an outsourced lab that is part of a larger laboratory.  Understanding what to look for and the kind of questions you should ask about the IVF lab will help to ensure that you are getting the best possible care.