Frozen in TimeEgg freezing is the process of taking eggs from the ovary and freezing them for later use when a woman is ready to start a family. Egg freezing increases the chances of a successful pregnancy at a later age. When eggs are frozen, the quality and ‘youth’ of the eggs are preserved. Women get the benefit of an egg that was frozen during peak fertility.
The egg freezing process:
- The first step is a visit with one of our physicians at clearview hospital for an overview of the process – they will answer any questions you have.
- Your next appointment is to conduct blood tests and an ultrasound that will help determine your ovarian reserve and potential for preconception.
- Following testing, your results are reviewed with your physician to determine your unique protocol. The likely number of eggs to expect is also reviewed. Ideal numbers are discussed as well.
- You will then begin your medication regimen. Up to 3 different medications (on average) are injected via a tiny needle in the abdomen for 8-14 days to stimulate your ovaries. Our staff will show you how to administer these injections; many patients say the shot feels only like a tiny ‘pinch’ and that they get the hang of it easily. Services are available to have nurses administer injections from the comfort of your home – ask your physician for details.
- During your medication period, monitoring with blood work and ultrasound is done to determine your response and adjust your medications. On average women come in every day to every other during for this two-week window. You will then be ready for egg retrieval.
- Egg retrieval requires light sedation, often referred to as ‘twilight’ anesthesia, for the 15-30 minute procedure. After the procedure, you will need someone to drive you home. Most women are back to work the next day. After, you may experience bloating, spotting, or mild discomfort but these symptoms often fade quickly.
- Eggs are flash frozen and stored in our cryo tanks until you’re ready to use them.
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