When to consider egg freezing?
- You have a condition, or are facing medical treatment for a condition, that may affect your fertility (chemotherapy for example)
- You are concerned about your fertility declining as you get older and are not currently in a position to have a child
- You wish to focus on other aspects of your life before starting a family
What is egg freezing?
Human oocyte cryopreservation, commonly known as egg freezing, is a process in which a woman’s eggs are extracted, frozen and stored. Later, when she is ready to become pregnant, the eggs can be thawed, fertilized by way of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), and transferred to the uterus as embryos. The process includes one to several weeks of hormone injections that stimulate ovaries to produce multiple eggs. The eggs are subsequently removed from the body by transvaginal oocyte retrieval. The procedure is usually conducted under sedation. The eggs are immediately frozen. The egg is the largest cell in the human body and contains a high amount of water. When the egg is frozen, the ice crystals that form can destroy the integrity of the cell. To prevent this, the egg must be dehydrated prior to freezing. This is done using cryoprotectants which replace most of the water within the cell and inhibit the formation of ice crystals.
With advances in egg preservation technology, the pregnancy rate when using a fresh or frozen egg is comparable.
RSMC offers one of the most experienced egg and embryo freezing labs in
Our highly-experienced embryologists and lab specialist have over 30 years combined experience with a variety of situations, including some of the most challenging fertility cases. During that time, they have successfully performed numerous fertility treatments. The San Diego RSMC location consists of a state-of-the-art lab on-site, as well as, a full-time laboratory director. Every situation is unique and there are so many factors that can affect fertility. Having an experienced team gives you the best chance for a successful pregnancy and of growing your family.