Freezing your eggs is a valuable, life-changing experience. Modern women have a genuine desire to delay building a family for many reasons. Dr. Laurence Jacobs has long-standing expertise in counseling women who are considering freezing their eggs.
Egg Freezing Pros & Cons
- It is not an insurance policy because not all of your frozen eggs are going to be of good quality and viable for fertilization
- It is optimal to freeze quality eggs – those harvested in your 20s or early 30s
- The egg freezing procedure requires the injection of fertility medications to produce multiple follicles before they are retrieved in an outpatient surgical procedure
- Side effects can include moods swings, weight gain, and bloating due to fertility medications and cramping after egg retrieval
- Egg freezing circumvents infertility due chemotherapy or radiation to cure cancer
- Egg freezing is a valuable option for women who have a family history of early menopause, premature ovarian failure, or genetic mutation – BRCA
Freezing Your Eggs
You can give yourself the best chance of having biologically connected children in the future by freezing your eggs today.
- Pursuing educational goals
- Sustaining career goals
- Future financial planning goals
- Inability to find a life partner
- Facing cancer treatment
Freezing Your Young Healthy Eggs
A woman’s egg quality peaks after her prime reproductive years – typically 18 to 28. Between 28 and 33 – her mid-reproductive years – a woman’s ovaries will produce eggs of a lower quality. After 33, a woman’s egg quality production precipitously diminishes.
If you freeze your young, healthy eggs today, your uterus can conceive a healthy pregnancy into your 40’s.
Egg Freezing Through IVF and Oocyte Vitrification
Egg freezing is accomplished through a simple variation of the IVF procedure.
- After undergoing a regimen of fertility medications to stimulate the growth of multiple egg follicles, a woman’s eggs are surgically retrieved
- The retrieved eggs are cryopreserved via a procedure known as vitrification
- Vitrification is the innovative, rapid-freezing technique to freeze gametes and embryos quickly – so that ice crystal do not form between the cells
- Cryoprotectants remove surplus water
- 6°F (37°C) to 320°F (-196°C) temperature drop instantaneously
- 99% survival rate
- Safely restores cell back to its original state
- Using vitrification, pregnancy success rates have dramatically increased
- Successful cryopreservation allows for the eggs to be later thawed, fertilized, and then transferred to the woman’s uterus for a successful pregnancy
- When a woman decides to start her family, her frozen eggs are thawed and fertilized with sperm through a highly specialized procedure known as Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
- After fertilization, the growth and development of the embryo is monitored for up to five days (blastocyst stage) before being transferred into the woman’s uterus for hopeful implantation
Egg Freezing Expertise
It is important to work with a infertility doctor having expertise in freezing eggs to preserve a woman’s future fertility. Click the icon below to schedule your consultation with Dr. Laurence Jacobs – or – call 888.325.7389.