Oocyte Cryopreservation or egg freezing involves extracting a woman’s eggs, freezing the eggs, and storing them for future use. When a woman is ready to become pregnant, the eggs can be thawed, fertilized, and transferred to her uterus.
Women choose egg freezing for different reasons. A woman diagnosed with cancer, who has not yet begun chemotherapy, now has the option of preserving her fertility by cryopreserving her eggs for future use. For many years this option has been available and successful for men, by freezing their sperm prior to chemotherapy.
A growing trend is women freezing their eggs for future use when they choose to delay pregnancy to pursue a career or any other reason that involves postponing childbearing. Many women are simply unaware of the impact of age on the number and quality of eggs they will produce. Fertility peaks in most women in their 20’s. Around age 35 fertility starts to decline at a more rapid pace. At age 40, your chance of getting pregnant in any given month is less then 5%. If a woman is over 35 years young and has been trying to conceive for 6 months without achieving a pregnancy, she should seek the care of a fertility specialist. As women become more aware of their biological clocks and the impact on their ability to have a child using their own eggs, egg freezing is being more widely considered.
Egg freezing involves a woman taking daily hormone injections for approximately 10-12 days. During this time, blood work and ultrasounds are performed to monitor the client’s response to the hormones. Once the follicles (the sacs that the egg grows in) are of mature size, a hormone injection is given and two days later the eggs will be retrieved by the physician under conscious sedation. The same day the eggs are collected they will be frozen.
When ready for a pregnancy, the woman’s uterine lining will be prepared with oral estrogen, and once adequate, the frozen eggs will be thawed and fertilized with her partner’s sperm or donor sperm. The now fertilized eggs will be watched for 3-5 days for embryo development and then transferred to the uterus. Approximately 11 days following the embryo transfer a blood pregnancy test will be drawn to determine if a pregnancy has been established.
The cost of an egg freezing cycle at CNY Fertility Center is $2500.00. This includes the oocyte retrieval, anesthesia, freezing of the eggs and the first year of storage. This does not include medications or monitoring.
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