Take Steps to Preserve Your Future Fertility With Egg Freezing
Egg freezing is a reproductive advancement that gives patients the ability to preserve their fertility for a future date. Using medication and cryopreservation technology, a patient can undergo an egg retrieval and then have those eggs frozen and stored until they are ready to use them.
As leaders in reproductive technology and medicine, GIVF is pleased to offer egg freezing, also called Personal Egg Banking®, as a method to help patients plan for parenthood and their future families.
Who Could Benefit From Egg Freezing?
Anyone who is interested in preserving female fertility for the future should consider egg freezing. People postpone starting a family for many reasons, including taking the time to travel, build their careers, continue their education, or maybe even just wait to find the right partner.
Though it is well known that fertility and ovarian reserve (egg quantity and quality) decline with age, starting a family during the peak age for fertility may not be the right choice for everyone. Egg freezing allows patients to increase their odds of being able to conceive a biological child later in life.
GIVF offers patients the opportunity to preserve their eggs at younger ages while they are still of good quantity and quality through egg freezing.
Egg freezing is also an excellent option for individuals about to undergo various medical treatments such as gynecological surgery, gender-affirming hormone therapy, or cancer treatments.
Is Egg Freezing Right for You?
The idea behind elective egg freezing is that people can choose to have some of their eggs retrieved, then vitrified (frozen) until they are ready to use them. For example, a patient could freeze eggs during their mid-thirties, then go on to use those eggs to achieve pregnancy in their late thirties or forties, when a decreased ovarian reserve may make natural conception or fertility treatment difficult. While there are no guarantees that a frozen egg will lead to a future pregnancy and live birth, egg freezing can increase a person’s chances of conception later in life.
There are many reasons to consider egg freezing. Contact us and we will connect you with one of our reproductive endocrinologists who can help you determine if this choice is right for you. We are dedicated to providing you with the counseling and education you need to make the best-informed decision.
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Egg Freezing at Genetics & IVF Institute
Our video on egg freezing covers how the egg banking cycle works, its success rates, risks, and much more. Listen to patients who, for a variety of reasons, chose egg freezing at Genetics & IVF Institute.
Egg Freezing FAQs
Egg freezing can preserve your fertility to allow you to plan for your future family. There are several reasons why you might choose to freeze your eggs:
- To focus on educational and career advancement
- To wait until you have found the right partner
- Before cancer treatments or because of other serious health issues
- To provide peace of mind should you have difficulties later in life conceiving via traditional methods
- Prior to gender-affirming hormone therapy
While there are no guarantees, egg freezing can greatly increase the chances of conception later in life, using your own eggs.
Your first step is to schedule a consultation with a GIVF reproductive endocrinologist. You will then undergo a few simple tests to determine if this is the right choice for you. Then you’ll complete a treatment cycle which is approximately a two-week process to prepare your body to have your eggs retrieved and cryopreserved. We will then store your eggs until you are ready to use them. You may require multiple cycles to collect your ideal number of eggs.
With our IVF lab’s extensive experience in egg freezing, we maintain excellent egg thaw survival rates above 90%. Live birth rates vary and mainly depend on the age of the egg at the time of freezing and whether preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) is utilized to test the embryos for aneuploidy (abnormal chromosomes). The higher the number of eggs frozen, the higher the likelihood a live birth will be achieved. Please consult your physician for more details.
The number one risk is a condition called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). The ovaries become enlarged and fluid can build up in the abdomen. It sometimes requires treatment after the egg retrieval.
In a fresh IVF cycle, OHSS occurs in about 1–2% of cycles. Studies have shown that in egg freezing, however, the number of occurrences is even lower.
As with any procedure, there are the rare risks of infection, bleeding, and ovarian torsion. Fortunately, these risks are very low.