Egg Freezing (Cryopreservation)
Build a family on your own timeline
As you age, the chances of a successful pregnancy decrease. However, egg freezing allows you to preserve your fertility for over 10 years until you’re ready to start a family.
While many factors can contribute to infertility, age is the most important factor a woman needs to consider when planning a family. Most women know about the fertility decline waiting for them around their mid-30s. However, everyone’s situation is unique and timeline shouldn’t be a setback in family planning.
For a number of reasons, it may not be feasible for you to have children before your mid-30s — or you may just not want to. And that’s okay! Here are some of the reasons women choose to preserve their fertility:
- Pursuit of a demanding career
- Haven’t found the right partner
- Upcoming cancer treatment
- Undecided about having children
- Prefer to wait until an older age to have kids
The Egg Freezing Process
Egg freezing is a safe, extensively studied family-planning solution that is proven just as successful as fresh IVF cycles. At RGI, we offer the latest egg freezing techniques to expand your life’s options.
Egg freezing (officially known as oocyte cryopreservation) involves a process called vitrification to flash-freeze your eggs. This effectively stops their clock. For example, if you freeze your eggs at age 29, and then use them to conceive with in vitro fertilization (IVF) at age 39, your chance of success will be that of a 29 year old — that is to say, much higher than if you had a fresh cycle in your late 30s!
Due to the advent of vitrification, egg freezing has become extremely viable. Over 90% of harvested eggs survive the freezing and thawing process, and there’s virtually no difference between success rates of IVF cycles using fresh or frozen eggs. Plus, babies born from thawed eggs do not have an increased likelihood of birth defects.
Our embryologists have a keen eye for quality and they offer a wealth of experience identifying the best egg candidates for transfer.
How Does Egg Freezing Work?
Minimally invasive fertility surgery changed the surgical game, and we have years of experience solving a wide variety of surgical problems. Our minimally invasive surgical techniques include:
- Take medication to promote the growth of multiple egg follicles
- After the eggs are mature, we’ll stimulate ovulation and harvest 10-15 eggs using a minimally invasive procedure
- After we’ve harvested your eggs, we’ll freeze and store them in a safe area of our lab until you need them.
Once you’re ready to use your eggs: we’ll thaw them, select the best candidates, and perform a standard IVF procedure.
Preserve Your Long-Term Fertility with Reproductive Gynecology & Infertility
To schedule an appointment or learn more about how Reproductive Gynecology & Infertility specializes in egg freezing in South Cleveland/Independence, Columbus, Akron, Canton, Youngstown and other Ohio communities, call 866-862-5861 today. You can also request an appointment using the form on this page.