Elective egg freezing at the Center for Reproductive Medicine
Elective egg freezing is becoming more common among female patients who want to delay childbearing for personal or medical reasons without compromising their future fertility. Both the quality and quantity of most women’s eggs begin to decline in their early- to mid-30s. By retrieving and preserving younger, more viable eggs for future use, patients who are not yet planning to start a family can preserve their chances of a successful pregnancy later in life.
About the egg freezing process
The Board-certified reproductive medicine specialists at the Center for Reproductive Medicine offer an egg freezing program that’s easier and more convenient than other preservation processes. We provide all services on-site, from your initial consultation, ultrasound and lab work, to ovarian stimulation and the egg retrieval procedure. Our program includes the following steps:
- First, you’ll come in for a consultation with one of our reproductive endocrinologists. As part of this process, you’ll undergo a standard physical and bloodwork to assess your current health and fertility.
- Next, you’ll begin hormone injections to stimulate your ovaries to produce eggs.
- Our team will carefully monitor the maturation of your eggs through blood tests and ultrasound imaging. Once they are ready, your provider will perform a transvaginal procedure to retrieve the eggs from your ovaries.
- Following the harvesting of your eggs, our team will rapidly cool them to subzero temperatures using cryotherapy and place them into storage.
- Once you are ready, your eggs will be thawed and fertilized with sperm from your partner or donor to create embryos, which will then be inserted into your uterus as part of the in vitro fertilization process.
Frequently asked questions
Egg freezing is a fertility preservation method that can help you plan your future family, even if you’re not ready to become pregnant right now.
At the Center for Reproductive Medicine, our doctors harvest eggs from your ovaries and use cryotherapy to freeze and store them for future use. At a later time, our team can thaw one of your eggs and fertilize it with sperm from your partner or a donor before implanting it into your uterus during the in vitro fertilization process.
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Five steps to egg freezing
You’ll come in for a consultation to assess your health and fertility.
You’ll take medication to stimulate your body to produce eggs.
Once your eggs have matured, they will be retrieved.
Your eggs will be rapidly frozen and put into storage.
When you’re ready, your eggs will be thawed, fertilized and inserted into your uterus.