Careers, relationships, health, and so much more… It’s understandable that starting a family just isn’t part of your plan right now, but you may also be concerned about your fertility potential if you wait too long. Egg freezing can increase the opportunity for young women who want to delay childbearing to have a healthy pregnancy later in life.
Women can take control of their fertility by preserving their eggs for future use. We offer this treatment using the most advanced technologies available, all within our small, personalized, boutique center.
How does it work?
Women who want to freeze their eggs take daily injections for 8-10 days and are monitored in our center every 2-3 days. When the eggs are ready, a procedure is performed in our office (“egg retrieval”) to collect the eggs and prepare them for freezing. Using the most advanced vitrification technique, the eggs are flash-frozen and stored in our center for future use. Patients may return to our office to use their eggs if, when, and how they choose to.
The Egg Freezing Process:
- Hormone Injections: Our nurses give you 1 on 1 instruction on how to administer these medications. Most women tolerate these shots very well, the main side effects being bloating and discomfort similar to a heavy period.
- Monitoring: While taking hormone injections, our doctors monitor the growth of the eggs with ultrasounds and blood tests every 2-3 days. Typically, patients need 3-4 monitoring visits, each lasting about 10 minutes.
- Egg Retrieval: When the eggs are ready to be frozen, our doctors perform the egg retrieval procedure. Under light sedation, the eggs are removed vaginally, without the need for incisions or stitches. The procedure lasts about 10 minutes and the patients go home in about an hour, resuming. regular activities the next day.
- Egg Freezing: After retrieval, the eggs are evaluated in our laboratory and frozen within 2 hours of the procedure. Eggs are stored in liquid nitrogen tanks and can be stored, transported, or thawed at any time.
Who Should Freeze Their Eggs?
- Women who want to preserve their eggs at their highest quality.
- Women who are single or married, with a partner or without a partner.
- Women who will be receiving radiation and/or chemotherapy for cancer treatment.
- Women who need to have their ovaries removed for any reason.
- Women with a genetic history of early menopause, endometriosis, or premature ovarian failure.