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Our egg freezing procedures are dramatically improving success rates. We use a fast freezing process called vitrification, which keeps eggs intact while preserving them for future use. For decades, clinicians have relied on slow-freezing techniques, which are less effective in the long run. Eggs have high water content, and ice crystals can form during slow freezing. When the eggs are thawed, those ice crystals can fracture and damage the egg. Vitrification is an ultra-rapid process that prohibits the formation of ice crystals. It also involves the use of new cryoprotectants, which are substances that protect tissue from freezing damage.
Many labs using vitrification boast survival rates of 80% or higher. Meaning that of the eggs that successfully thaw, an average of 80% will be successfully fertilized. Further reports indicate an overall live birth rate of 50% or higher when using vitrification for cryopreservation.
Our network consists of the country’s most innovative fertility clinics, many of which offer vitrification. By working with our providers, you’ll have the best chance of banking your most viable eggs and the best chance of success when it’s time for fertilization and transfer.
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As women age, the quantity and quality of their eggs begins to decrease. With our advanced egg freezing procedures you can preserve your eggs when they are most viable, so you can plan your family on your own terms.
When you freeze your eggs they are preserved at the same age as when they were frozen. The process is not time consuming and won’t take you away from your daily routine. The procedure is accomplished in two phases, egg harvesting and retrieval. During harvesting, patients will be prescribed medications that help the body produce more eggs than normal. This maximizes the number of eggs that can be preserved with a single procedure. Retrieval involves a minor surgical procedure where a fertility specialist uses an ultrasound-guided needle to vaginally retrieve a patient's eggs. The retrieved eggs are immediately frozen using a cryoprotectant solution and stored in liquid nitrogen. The retrieved eggs will remain perfectly preserved until they are needed. Explore our Egg Freezing preservation timeline to see learn what you can expect during the egg freezing process.
On Day 1 of your next period, contact your clinic. You will be asked to come in on Day 3 for baseline blood work and an ultrasound.
If not already done, your nurse will call in your egg freezing fertility drug order to the pharmacy. Arrangements should be made to pick up those medications, or have them delivered to your home.
After your Day 3 appointment, your nurse will call with specific instructions, or she will invite you to attend a class on how to take your fertility drugs. The injections will stimulate your eggs to grow within your ovaries.
For the next 10-12 days, you will undergo monitoring via blood work and ultrasound to ensure your eggs are responding to the fertility drugs. You will be asked to come in to the clinic in the morning, typically every other day.
When it is almost time for retrieval, your doctor or nurse will let you know. A “trigger shot” to finalize egg maturation will be administered. Within the next 36 hours you will return for your egg retrieval.
Under general anesthesia, your doctor will use an ultrasound-guided needle to aspirate your egg follicles and suction the eggs to be frozen.
Following egg retrieval you will be taken to the recovery room to recover from anesthesia and you will be advised to rest for the remainder of the day. Later in the day you will be contacted with a report on the status of your frozen eggs.