Why should I freeze my eggs?
Some women find themselves faced with medical conditions requiring treatment that may result in a loss of fertility such as chemotherapy and or radiation. Others desire to delay starting a family for a variety of personal reasons such as career, school or not being “ready” to be a parent.
Egg freezing retrieval provides women with the possibility to have a biological child when they are ready but it does not guarantee a future baby.
What are the average egg freezing survival rates?
About 90 percent of eggs survive freezing and thawing, and about 75 percent will be successfully fertilized. The chances of becoming pregnant after implantation are roughly 30 to 60 percent, depending on your age at the time of egg freezing.
The older you are at the time of egg freezing, the lower the likelihood of a live birth. Pregnancy rates might be lower when frozen eggs are used, compared with fresh or frozen embryos.
How old can I be and still freeze my eggs?
The optimal age to freeze eggs is before age 38, but any woman should consider egg freezing if they plan to delay a family. If you are 38 years old or older, it is important to have a realistic conversation with your physician about how many eggs could likely be retrieved, how many eggs would likely be needed to produce an embryo in the future and his/her overall thoughts on your likelihood of success based on your age and other contributing factors.
How many eggs do I need to freeze in order to have a baby in the future?
The number of eggs a woman needs is dependent upon her age, but age is only one predictor and not every 35 year old or 40 year old are the same.
The number of eggs you chose to freeze should be discussed with your physician prior to treatment start. It may take more than one round of egg freezing to obtain all the desired eggs.
What is the egg freezing procedure?
After your doctor does an evaluation to determine that you are a candidate for egg freezing, you will proceed with 10-12 days of daily injections. The goal of these injections is to stimulate a group of eggs to grow and mature and be available for retrieval. During this time period, you will visit the clinic every 2-3 days for lab test and ultrasounds to evaluate how you are responding to the medication.
Once your doctor determine your follicles (the space where eggs grow) are at optimal size and number for you, you will be directed to administer a “trigger shot” which causes the final maturation of the follicles and the beginning of ovulation.
Approximately 34-36 hours after your trigger shot, you will be scheduled for your egg retrieval. The egg retrieval is a brief (15-30 minutes) outpatient procedure performed under mild anesthesia. Once the eggs are retrieved, they will be evaluated by the clinic’s embryology team and the usable eggs will be stored indefinitely. You typically will need to pay a monthly or annual fee for the egg storage going forward