Egg Freezing is a Viable Way to Preserve Your Fertility
At Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine, PC, our doctors are dedicated to providing quality care in a warm and welcoming environment. We understand that you may want children some day, but are not ready quite yet. To help women preserve their healthy, young eggs, we offer egg freezing to patients in Omaha, NE, and the surrounding areas. Egg freezing is a great way to ensure future fertility. To learn more about the egg freezing process, contact our fertility center today.
Freezing preserves the integrity of the eggs, thus reducing the risk of chromosomal abnormalities and miscarriage.
Is Fertility Preservation Right for You?
Women in their 20s and 30s are typically the best candidates for fertility preservation. These are a woman’s most reproductive years, and yields greater numbers of eggs harvested. While some women choose to freeze their eggs as they pursue higher education or careers, others do so in the face of illness. Women diagnosed with cancer, especially those that will involve radiation of the pelvic region, often decide to freeze their eggs to increase their chances of pregnancy later on.
The Egg Freezing Process
Before beginning the process, our doctors will assess your ovarian reserves through a series of tests. These tests will evaluate your ovary function as well as the quantity of eggs available for harvesting.
By freezing your eggs, you can freely pursue education and a career, and know that you can have children when you are ready.
You can expect the egg freezing process to take about two complete menstrual cycles to complete. We recommend freezing between 10 and 20 eggs per cycle, as just 5 to 6 viable embryos typically result from every 10 eggs.
Harvesting and Freezing the Eggs
There are several similarities between egg freezing and in vitro fertilization (IVF). You will begin by taking birth control pills and hormone injections for up to four weeks. This will temporarily halt your body’s hormone production. After this stage is complete, another one to two-week round of hormone injections will stimulate your ovaries and help ripen the eggs.
Our doctors can harvest the eggs when they reach maturity. We will sedate you for the procedure, and our doctors will use a specialized needle, coupled with ultrasound technology, to harvest the eggs. Once harvested, the eggs are frozen. Cryoprotectants protect the eggs from damage. We can then flash freeze the eggs unfertilized, or with sperm. Frozen eggs retain their integrity for up to 10 years.
Benefits of Egg Freezing
Women are born with a finite number of eggs. Both the quantity and the quality of these eggs diminishes with age. This diminishment increases the risk of chromosomal abnormalities as well as the risk of miscarriage. Freezing preserves the integrity of the eggs, thus reducing these risks.
By freezing your eggs, you can freely pursue education and a career, and know that you can have children when you are ready. Egg freezing also takes the pressure out of dating for those who have yet to find the right person. You no longer have to feel like you are racing to beat an unrealistic deadline.
For women diagnosed with cancer, egg freezing provides them the chance to have children after their treatment has concluded. This is especially important for women who will receive radiation in the pelvic area, as radiation can damage the eggs. By freezing the eggs, you eliminate the potential for damage, and increase your chances of future motherhood.
Whether you want to focus on your career or you have been diagnosed with cancer, freezing your eggs can allow you to create a family when the time is right for you. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.