Egg freezing is an appealing option for women who want to extend their fertility time frame. Women elect to use this service for a variety of reasons, including:
Age is the single most important factor that affects fertility. Between the age of 30 – 35, women will begin to experience a gradual decline in their ability to become pregnant. After the age of 40, there is a significant decline in conception and a higher chance of complications. Egg freezing can help preserve a women’s fertility and family building options.
To begin the egg freezing process, a woman undergoes the same hormone-injection process as in-vitro fertilization. The only difference is that following egg retrieval, the eggs are frozen.
It takes approximately 4-6 weeks to complete the egg freezing cycle and the steps are similar to the initial stages of the in-vitro fertilization process:
When a woman is ready to conceive, the eggs are thawed, fertilized and transferred to the uterus 5 days later as embryos. This process is called Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET). The eggs will be similar age and quality as the time period in which they were frozen, regardless of how many years have gone by. The pregnancy success rates related to a frozen embryo transfer depend on the woman’s age at the time she froze her eggs.
The Fertility Institute of San Diego invites you to learn more by visiting: http://www.fertilityinstitutesandiego.com/our-services/fertility-treatment/fertility-preservation/egg-freezing/