Why would I undergo Fertility Preservation or Oocyte (Egg) Freezing?
Women usually do not know they have fertility problems until they try to become pregnant. However, in certain circumstances, a woman may know ahead of time that her ability to reproduce is in jeopardy, allowing her to make the decision to preserve her fertility for the future. On example might be someone about to undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer, both of which are known to damage a person's reproductive potential. Other reasons include delaying starting a family for other personal reasons such as career or relationships.
What is egg freezing?
The process of fertility preservation or egg freezing involves the process a women takes to freeze her eggs for future use. When a woman freezes her eggs they will be preserved at the same quality as when they were retrieved and not at a later age of when she tries to conceive. The quantity and quality of a women's eggs decline each year. This decline dramatically increases between the ages of 35 and 40, greatly decreasing the changes of having a child.
Elective egg freezing may help.
What are the steps in the process? The process involves four stages - Ovarian stimulation, egg retrieval and freezing or storage, thawing of eggs with fertilization, embryo development and intrauterine transfer.
How do you retrieve my eggs?
The first phase of the preservation process is the stimulation and retrieval. Fertility medications are used to stimulate the development of multiple ovarian follicles and induce ovulation. Before the eggs can be released from the ovaries they are retrieved using a procedure known as ultrasound-guided transvaginal aspiration. The eggs are then removed, along fluid from each follicle, and prepared for freezing.
How are my eggs preserved?
Once the eggs are collected, they are examined and mixed with a cryoprotectant solution before being rapidly cooled. Through a technique called vitrification, the eggs are rapidly frozen preventing the formation of ice crystals. Once the eggs have reached the appropriate temperature, they are transferred to long-term storage, where they will be kept in liquid nitrogen until they are ready to be used.
What happens when I am ready to become pregnant?
When you are ready to use your frozen eggs, they will be thawed. After thawing, the eggs are examined and those that have survived the oocyte freezing process will be fertilized in vitro or through intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). The resulting embryos are transferred into the uterus as normal.
I will be undergoing treatment for cancer, should I preserve my eggs?
Chemotherapy and radiation may damage eggs or sperm and possibly render a patient infertile. Freezing a woman's eggs, or embryos created with sperm from her partner or an anonymous donor, allows her the chance to have a genetic child in the future. We understand the time constraints and emotional stress of patients facing cancer treatment, as well as the concern over the potential negative impact on future fertility. We offer expedited, compassionate care at a discounted rate for egg or embryo freezing for cancer treatment.
What are the costs?
IVF FLORIDA offers an Egg Freezing Fertility Preservation package for $9,100 that includes all of the steps necessary for the first cycle. (Depending on insurance coverage you could pay even less.) Our package includes:
- Fertility Preservation Consultation Visit
- Cycle Day-2 Work-up (ultrasound and blood work)
- Stim Start - includes monitoring, retrieval, and cryo (freezing)
- The package pricing does not include anesthesia, medications, or storage.
How can I get started?
Please contact IVF FLORIDA to schedule a consultation today or select this link to request an appointment.