Egg Freezing
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Egg Freezing

What Is Egg Freezing?

Using a laboratory technique called “vitrification,” eggs can safely be frozen and stored for future use.

This technique effectively stops the egg’s biological clock until the woman is ready to achieve pregnancy. The younger a woman is when she freezes her eggs, the better her outcome will be. However, good success can be achieved up to age 40.

When the timing is right for you to have a family, your eggs can be thawed and fertilized. The resulting embryos are then transferred into your uterus. The babies born from this technique are as healthy as any baby naturally conceived.

Plan For The Future With Egg Freezing

Factors Leading to A Decline in Women’s fertility

A woman’s fertility naturally declines beginning at the age of 30, then rapidly declines after the age of 35. By the age of 40, a woman’s chance of conceiving is less than 5% per month. This change is due to a decrease in the number and the quality of eggs a woman produces.

In addition to age, other factors can speed up the decline of a woman’s fertility. Some of these risk factors include a history of pelvic surgery, endometriosis, smoking, pelvic infections, chemotherapy, or a family history of early menopause.

Egg Cryopreservation Process

If you are considering freezing your eggs, we recommend doing so as quickly as possible. The younger the patient is when freezing her eggs, the more likely she will become pregnant in the future. However, this procedure can be successful for patients up to 40 years of age.

Once you decide to undergo the procedure, the first step is a consultation with one of our fertility experts. They will likely recommend several tests, including a sonogram and a blood test to determine your ovarian reserve, meaning how well your ovaries produce healthy eggs.

After testing, fertility stimulation hormones are typically taken for 10 days. The extraction itself is done in our office under anesthesia. Once the eggs are extracted, they’ll be cryopreserved (frozen) by our expert lab technicians until you are ready to use them.

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