Egg freezing is the process of retrieving eggs from a woman’s ovaries, then freezing them (cryopreservation) until the woman is ready to get pregnant. Simply put, egg freezing is growing in popularity because it gives women a greater degree of control and security regarding their reproductive future. In addition, recent improvements in the success of egg freezing is making it a more attractive option.
How it Works
The process of freezing eggs requires several steps. First, a woman is put on medications which stimulate her ovaries to produce more eggs than usual. During this time, it will be important to refrain from sexual intercourse due to the risk of pregnancy. Once the medication regimen is complete, the doctor will retrieve the eggs from the ovary or fallopian tube. The eggs will then be frozen in a certified cryopreservation facility.
Years down the line, the woman will decide to use the eggs. The eggs will be thawed by a trained professional under carefully controlled circumstances, in order to minimize egg loss. Then, each egg to be used is injected with a single sperm. The resulting embryos are allowed to mature for several days, until being transplanted into the woman’s uterus, at which point pregnancy will hopefully occur.
Why Freeze Eggs?
A woman’s most fertile years are in her 20s, but that’s precisely the time when many women would prefer to focus on their careers and on dating or establishing a solid marriage. For such woman, egg freezing is a valuable way to gain control over the course of their lives, allowing their career and love life to progress naturally without the pressure of the “biological clock.”
If you are interested in freezing your eggs, it’s better to do it sooner than later. Generally speaking, egg quality is highest in younger women. Egg quality peaks in a woman’s 20s, although major declines in rates of conception do not begin to occur until about 35.
Dr. Hugh Melnick of Advanced Fertility Services would be happy to meet with you about whether or not you are a good candidate for egg cryopreservation. To schedule your consultation today, please give us a call at (212) 369-8700 or click below and we will get right back to you.