For many women, egg freezing offers a unique opportunity to preserve their fertility until they are ready to become pregnant. Often, women who are facing a medical concern which could impact their ability to conceive will freeze their eggs for the future. Others simply wish to preserve their eggs at a young age, when they are more viable, to allow them to pursue other goals before having children. At the Center for Fertility and Gynecology in Los Angeles, CA, we are dedicated to helping women at all stages in life of their path to parenthood. Our doctors, Dr. Michael Vermesh and Dr. Tannaz Toloubeydokhti, use vitrification, an advanced type of flash freezing, to preserve viable eggs for the future.
Why Freeze Your Eggs?
There are many reasons a woman may decide to freeze her eggs. You may consider egg freezing if:
- You want or need to delay childbearing in order to pursue another goal
- You must undergo treatment for cancer or another medical issue which could affect fertility
- You are undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and your partner was unable to produce sufficient sperm.
- You have moral or religious objections to storing frozen embryos.
Also known as oocyte cryopreservation, egg freezing provides an opportunity to stop the “biological clock” and have control over when and how you wish to have a baby.
How It Works
Egg freezing uses an advanced method known as vitrification. Eggs are flash-frozen using a special liquid which maintains the viability of the oocyte. The process for freezing your eggs is very similar to preparing for IVF. A typical egg freezing treatment involves:
- An initial consultation with Dr. Vermesh or Dr. Toloubeydokhti
- Preliminary fertility testing
- Treatment planning and medication review
- One to two weeks of birth control pills
- Nine to 10 days of hormone injections to stimulate the ovaries
- Egg retrieval at our office
- Egg freezing
Egg retrieval is a short, outpatient procedure which usually takes 15 to 20 minutes and is performed under sedation. We will flash freeze your eggs the same day as retrieval to preserve their viability until you are ready to use them.
Using Frozen Eggs
When you are ready to use your frozen eggs, our team can thaw and fertilize them in our lab. In most cases, we recommend using intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to increase the success rates of fertilization. Once your eggs are fertilized, we can implant them into you or a gestational carrier’s uterus.
With egg freezing at the Center for Fertility and Gynecology, you can take charge of your own path to parenthood and preserve your fertility for the future.
Studies indicate that about 90 percent of oocytes survive vitrification and thawing and that the fertilization rate is about 71 percent. However, the implantation rate varies, depending on your age at the time of freezing. The success rate is tied to how old you are when you freeze your eggs, not your age at implantation.
Take Control of Your Fertility
As you age, your fertility naturally decreases. Other factors, such as health issues, can also impact your chances of a successful pregnancy. With egg freezing at the Center for Fertility and Gynecology, you can take charge of your own path to parenthood and preserve your fertility for the future. For more information about freezing your eggs, contact our practice online or call one of our multiple locations today.