Egg Freezing Allows a Woman to Become a Mother When She’s Ready
It used to be that the only option women had to preserve their fertility was embryo freezing. However, this fertility preservation option left out women who didn’t yet have a partner who they wanted to have children with. Thankfully, advances in reproductive medicine have given the world a flash-freezing process called vitrification that makes egg freezing possible.
This Form of Fertility Preservation Uses Advanced Technology
To freeze your eggs, you first take injectable fertility medications to encourage egg growth and maturation in your ovaries. During this time, you will visit your physician for regular monitoring appointments. When your eggs are thought to be mature, you will be given a medication to induce the final oocyte maturation process. About 36 hours later, you will have an egg retrieval procedure. The mature eggs that your doctor retrieves are what the Ovation® embryologists will freeze.
Egg freezing is made possible by vitrification. This rapid freezing process requires an embryologist to move eggs through a series of solutions that remove water from within the cells. By removing this water, the embryologist is able to protect the cells in each egg from potential damage caused by ice crystal formation.
Once the water is removed from the eggs, an embryologist loads them onto a cryo device and places it in liquid nitrogen, which keeps eggs at an ultra-cold temperature. Your frozen eggs can be stored indefinitely using this method.
When you’re ready to use your eggs, you will take medications to prepare your uterus for an embryo transfer. Then, our embryologists will thaw the eggs and use intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to fertilize them with sperm from your partner or a donor. The embryologists will monitor the growth and development after fertilization until either your doctor transfers a selected number of embryos to your uterus, your embryos are biopsied for preimplantation genetic testing or your embryos are frozen for future use.
Women Pursue Egg Freezing For Medical and Non-Medical Reasons
This type of fertility preservation is a wonderful option for women in several different situations.
- One type of patient who will use this service is one who wants to postpone motherhood so that she can pursue her personal, educational and professional goals.
- Another type of patient may freeze her eggs when she is facing medical treatment for an illness, such as cancer, which could negatively affect her fertility.
Regardless of the reason why you’re thinking about freezing your eggs, the Ovation team can help you achieve your goal of becoming a mother when the time is right for you.
If you have more questions about egg freezing, please contact an Ovation partner physician today.