Egg Freezing to Preserve Your Options!
More and more women are wishing to preserve their fertility for the future. Egg Cryopreservation gives you time and can give you more choices in the future. Egg freezing can be beneficial for a number of reasons, including:
- Women who want or need to postpone childbearing in order to pursue a career or other personal goals
- To provide an alternative to IVF patients who do not wish to have all eggs inseminated immediately
- Women that have a condition or circumstance that can affect their fertility
- Surgery that may cause damage to the ovaries
- Women diagnosed with cancer
- Women with objections to storing frozen embryos for religious and/or moral reasons
The Fertility Institute began offering egg cryopreservation in 2011, with the confirmation of two pregnancies within just the first year. To learn more about egg freezing go to the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology. To learn more about egg freezing at FINO and whether this would be a good choice for you, make an appointment with one of our Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinology Specialists.
Reasons to Freeze Your Eggs
Age affects eggs more than any other factor. Age degrades the genetic material of our eggs which can make becoming pregnant more difficult and also make having a healthy pregnancy challenging. Typically, you’ll get the healthiest eggs before you turn 30, with a much smaller yield after just 35 years old. Not only will fewer eggs be available to you as you age, but they will also be of lower quality. Once the eggs are removed from your body and frozen, they can no longer age!
How Does It Work?
Your physician will perform an assessment of the ovarian reserve to estimate the potential amount of eggs prior to the ovarian stimulation cycle. The assessment will include pelvic ultrasound and blood tests, which will help to determine the necessary dose of medications. Injectable medications are used to accomplish ovarian stimulation. Following the stimulation, the eggs and the surrounding fluid in the ovarian follicles are aspirated vaginally while under mild anesthesia.
The maturity of the eggs is evaluated under the microscope, and the mature eggs are cryopreserved. The Fertility Institute of New Orleans uses a “flash-freeze” method called Vitrification for cryopreserving eggs. With this method, an anti-freezing substance is applied to the eggs by one of our highly trained embryologists. The embryologist will place the egg in low-anti-freeze concentration. The egg will then be placed in a highly concentrated bath of anti-freeze to instantly freeze it.
When you are ready to use the frozen eggs, the cryopreserved eggs are rapidly thawed by being placed in a warming solution.
We’re All Unique!
Since every patient has a unique set of circumstances, we encourage you to come in for a consult with one of our physicians. A full explanation of the process, as well as costs, can better be discussed during a consultation, so contact the Fertility Institute today to schedule an appointment!