Whether you want to postpone pregnancy or have a medical condition that affects your fertility, egg freezing may preserve your ability to have a baby in the future. We believe that all women should have the right to decide when they want to conceive, and egg freezing helps you do that! Dr. Macer uses his expertise and a state-of-the-art facility to ensure optimal success.
The process is quick and takes about 10-12 days from start to finish. To learn more about egg freezing, contact us today!
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frequently asked questions
Egg freezing is a process in which a woman’s eggs are retrieved, frozen in time, and stored in liquid nitrogen. When you’re ready to become pregnant, the eggs are carefully thawed and fertilized in the lab with your partner’s or a donor’s sperm. Several days later, the embryos can be used to help you conceive.
While it’s not technically egg freezing, you also have another alternative. You may choose to fertilize the eggs first, then freeze the embryos for future implantation into your uterus.
Egg freezing is also called elective fertility preservation, which simply highlights the fact that this is an elective or personal decision that women make for many different reasons. Dr. Macer believes that every woman should be in charge of her own future, and by freezing eggs, he can help relieve any stress of needing to become pregnant by a certain age. There is no optimal age to freeze your eggs, but the quality and number of eggs remaining in the ovaries decrease over time, so don’t hesitate and at least come in for a consult!
Alternatively, many women make the decision to freeze their eggs because they have a medical problem that will affect their ability to get pregnant, such as:
- Cancer treatment that requires chemotherapy, pelvic radiation, or removal of your ovaries
- Premature ovarian failure
- Gynecological diseases that affect ovulation
- Gynecological diseases that may damage the ovaries
- Need to treat a gynecological problem with surgery that may damage the ovaries
- Elective ovary removal due to a high genetic risk for disease
Since chemotherapy and radiation can damage your eggs and/or your ovaries, it’s important to talk with Dr. Macer about egg preservation as soon as you learn about your diagnosis.
The eggs in your ovaries must mature before they can be removed and frozen. For 1-2 weeks, you’ll receive injections of medications that promote egg maturation. During that time, Dr. Macer closely monitors your ovaries using ultrasound and blood tests.
When the tests show your eggs are mature, they’re gently removed from your ovaries. Dr. Macer uses ultrasound imaging to guide a needle through your vagina and into the ovary and withdraws the eggs, and then they’re quickly frozen.