Egg freezing

Protect Your Future Fertility With Egg Freezing

The decision about when to start a family is not easy. Women grapple with what to do in the face of fertility declining with age, knowing they want a baby “someday” – but not today. Thanks to egg freezing, women are empowered to make decisions about motherhood on their own timetable. The team at Laurel Fertility Care uses this fertility preservation option to enable women to retrieve, store and freeze their younger and healthier eggs, and silence their ticking biological clock.

Frozen eggs can later be carefully thawed and fertilized with sperm to create embryos through IVF, which can be transferred to your uterus when you are ready to try to get pregnant.

Preserving fertility, and peace of mind

Declining fertility is often top of mind for women as they age. Women are born with a fixed number of eggs at birth, and that number decreases with age, with a more significant dip around 35. At about 37, the inner workings of a woman’s fertility begin to shift, as hormonal changes mean an even lower quantity of good-quality eggs.

Egg freezing can ease these concerns by stopping a woman’s eggs from aging, meaning the eggs are frozen in time at subzero temperatures as cellular processes cease.

Here are a few considerations when thinking about this method of fertility preservation.

  • Basic biology. Not only does the quantity of eggs decrease with age, so does the quality. This means certain health conditions, such as an abnormal chromosome count, become more likely to pass along to a child.
  • Just not yet. Delaying motherhood can allow a woman to focus on career or personal goals, knowing she’s taken action to preserve fertility with egg freezing. Other women might wish to wait because they have not found the right partner with whom to start a family.
  • Medical reasons. Some women freeze their eggs for medical reasons, such as cancer treatment. Those undergoing chemotherapy or radiation should be advised about fertility preservation (oncofertility), as they risk infertility with cancer treatments that can damage eggs or reproductive organs.

Egg freezing technology mirrors IVF

The steps to freeze eggs are much like the process of IVF. The difference is that the fertilization stage is on hold until the woman is ready to start a family

  • Ovarian stimulation. Medication is carefully monitored to stimulate the ovaries and develop ovarian follicles (fluid-filled sacs) containing mature eggs.
  • Egg retrieval. When eggs are mature, a patient will have a short outpatient retrieval procedure.
  • Vitrification. Eggs are carefully frozen in our IVF lab using liquid nitrogen, in a process called vitrification.
  • Storage. The frozen eggs are stored in a specialized cryopreservation facility for safekeeping until a woman is ready to use them.

Learn more about fertility preservation

At Laurel Fertility Care, we understand the decision to start a family is too important to be rushed. Egg freezing empowers women to realize their family-building dreams when they are ready. Contact us to learn how we can help you on the journey of fertility preservation.

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