Egg Freezing for Fertility Preservation
We’ll help you stop the clock.
When’s the “right” time to have a baby? From careers, to education, to health, to finding the right person — lots of factors come into play. And these days, on average, women are waiting longer to start a family than they used to.
Unfortunately, fertility declines as you age. Egg freezing can help stop the so-called biological clock, so you’ve got the best chance of getting pregnant when the time is right for you.
Egg Freezing: How it Works
We’re passionate about helping our patients overcome their infertility hurdles, and we’re equally passionate about giving women the chance to get ahead of any infertility issues. Here’s what to expect if you’re considering egg freezing at AFCC.
Ideally, eggs should be frozen during peak fertility years — your 20s and early 30s — as advanced maternal age is a major factor in causing infertility.
The egg freezing process begins with a clinical consultation, followed by pre-screening lab work (hormonal lab testing, preconception screening, ovarian and uterine evaluation, etc.). You’ll then receive an outline of the stimulation process.
When your targeted cycle begins, we use fertility medications to stimulate your ovaries and trigger egg production. We then monitor your egg growth over the next 10-12 days with frequent ultrasounds and lab work.
When the eggs have grown sufficiently, you will be given a final injection to prepare the eggs for retrieval. Approximately 36 hours later, the eggs will be retrieved using a vaginal ultrasound and fine needle. During this time, you will be under anesthesia and will feel little to no discomfort.
Once harvested, the eggs will be frozen via vitrification and stored in our IVF laboratory until you’re ready to use them.
Fertility preservation can be a substantial investment, but we want to make sure it’s one that is attainable for all. As a partner of Prelude Fertility, we’re now able to extend additional savings on both egg freezing cycles as well as medications. Contact us to review your options.