Our egg freezing program allows you to pause the biological clock so you can concentrate on other facets of your life. Preserving your eggs should reduce the concern you might experience regarding your reproductive future and allow you to start a family when you feel ready.
In the past, researchers had little success with egg freezing due to the relatively high water content of eggs and the formation of ice crystals that destroyed the DNA of the egg. Newer freezing methods are now available as part of this research study that will allow better protection of the egg against DNA damage from freezing, and are associated with excellent survival rates.
You will meet with one of our physicians for a consultation. You will have a physical examination, a pelvic ultrasound and several blood tests and sign a consent form.
You will receive injections of fertility drugs for about 10 days. You will be monitored by several blood tests and vaginal ultrasounds.
You will receive a trigger shot (HCG) to help your eggs reach final maturation.
Your eggs will be frozen the day of the procedure and remain frozen until you decide to conceive
If you have a partner, your eggs will first be fertilized with his sperm and the embryos created will be frozen.
How do I determine if freezing my eggs is right for me?
Egg freezing is a very personal decision, one that can be made by you alone. There are many women who may benefit from this procedure.
- Women in the reproductive age without a partner.
- Women who wish to delay childbearing.
- Women diagnosed with cancer. Egg freezing offers a chance to preserve eggs prior to chemotherapy, surgery or radiation.
- Women who do not wish to freeze their embryos for religious and/or moral reasons.
- Women with a family history of early menopause.
At what age should I consider elective egg freezing?
- We encourage women to be proactive and not to wait too long.
- If you are a woman in her late twenties or early thirties with no partner, or are unsure of the long-term perspectives of your current relationship, you should consider freezing your eggs.
- This act is, in a way, like taking “reproductive insurance.” While pregnancy cannot be guaranteed, it is hoped that if you freeze enough eggs, it will increase your chances of conception at a later date.
- We encourage you not to wait until you get older. The benefit of egg freezing in securing your reproductive future declines with age.
How long does the process take?
The actual egg freezing cycle will take about two weeks.
Once I am ready to get pregnant, how long will the egg thawing procedure take, and what does it involve?
Preparing your uterus to accept the pregnancy takes several weeks. Once you are ready to receive the pregnancy, we will thaw out the eggs and fertilize them with your partner’s sperm. Embryos resulting from this procedure will be watched in the lab for 3-5 days. You will then have an embryo transfer, which takes a few minutes. Excess embryos will be frozen for your future use.
How long can my eggs remain frozen?
Your eggs are frozen in time. Therefore, we assume they will have the same viability several years after they were frozen, as they’d have had with an immediate thaw.
We have learned from egg donation that the uterus is capable of carrying a pregnancy long after the ovary runs out of eggs. However, our program has set the age of 50 as the maximum age to get an embryo transfer from a frozen-thawed egg.
How long after my cancer treatment must I wait before implantation?
This will be determined by your oncologist and will depend on the staging of your cancer and your response to treatment.
What is the cost of the procedure?
Costs vary significantly and may depend on insurance coverage. For more information please call the office to speak with one of our financial counselors at 516-562-2229.
What are my options if I have unused eggs?
We recommend that you don’t rush into making a hasty decision regarding your frozen eggs. Once you are a hundred percent sure that you no longer have any use for the eggs, you may sign a form that allows the lab to discard them. Alternatively, there may be egg donation options available at that time that we can discuss with you.