Egg Freezing (Cryopreservation)
If you want to postpone starting a family but have concerns about the viability of your eggs, egg freezing is an excellent solution. At Reproductive Gynecology & Infertility, we offer egg freezing services to communities in South Cleveland, Columbus, Akron, Canton, and Youngstown, Ohio.
As you age, you grow less able to achieve a successful pregnancy. However, you can preserve your fertility for over 10 years, until you’re ready to start a family. Egg freezing technology empowers you with the ability to build a family on your timeline.
While many factors can contribute to infertility, age is the most important one a woman needs to consider when planning a family. Most women know about the fertility decline waiting for them around their mid-30s. For a number of reasons, it may not be feasible for you to have children before that time — 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-building 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, which effectively stops their clock. 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, there’s no increased likelihood of birth defects in babies born from thawed eggs. 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?
The egg harvesting process is virtually the same as IVF: you’ll take medication to promote the growth of multiple egg follicles, and when the eggs are mature, we’ll stimulate ovulation and harvest 10 to 15 eggs with 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 866-537-2461 today. You can also request an appointment using the form on this page.