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What You Should Know Before You Freeze Your Eggs

Looking into your reproductive future can be difficult in the earlier chapters of your life. But, many younger women have concerns about future fertility. Egg freezing is one solution that may be able to extend your window for starting a family, keeping your reproductive options open longer.

Dr. Khalid Sultan and Dr. Majid Fateh of the New York Fertility Institute counsel patients from state-of-the-art offices in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City about whether egg freezing could be the right choice for the moment.

Are you interested in potentially extending your fertility via egg freezing? Here’s what you should know before you go forward.

Making time for your future

Women’s fertility generally declines as you enter your late 30s and early 40s. While you can still have a healthy pregnancy at a later age, the quality of your eggs may not support a natural conception at that time. However, you might not be ready to start your family in earlier years of your life. So, how can you maximize your future options?

If you want to protect your future plans from risks of infertility, freezing your eggs might be the right answer for you. Good candidates for this procedure include people coping with premature ovarian failure, facing a cancer diagnosis, or just trying to plan for the best outcomes in an uncertain future.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine recommends your 20s and 30s as the best time to freeze your eggs. This procedure isn’t typically recommended if you’re over the age of 38. Egg freezing doesn’t guarantee a viable pregnancy after thawing, but with our expert handling, we can maximize the viability of your cryopreserved eggs or embryos.

What to expect in your egg-freezing procedure

We can time your retrieval procedure for the point in your menstrual cycle when you’ll be ovulating naturally. However, if you want to be able to freeze multiple mature eggs at a time, hormonal medications can cause you to produce multiple eggs on schedule for your retrieval.

Egg retrieval is a minimally invasive process. Your provider at the New York Fertility Institute uses an aspiration needle to extract mature eggs from your ovaries. We minimize stresses on the eggs with care and expertise.

Egg freezing, also called oocyte cryopreservation, is done using a high-speed process called vitrification. We select the healthiest of your extracted eggs to freeze. With vitrification, we can prevent the formation of ice crystals, which can damage eggs and lower your chances for a successful pregnancy later on.

Safe and supportive services

The team at New York Fertility Institute are focused on your reproductive health and family planning goals. You can rely on our expertise and cutting-edge technology to safely and effectively freeze and store your eggs. We respect your privacy and right to control how your frozen eggs or embryos are handled.

When you’re ready to conceive, we thaw your eggs, monitoring their health, and get them, and you, ready for implantation. You can use in vitro fertilization (IVF) in tandem with a previously frozen egg.

The New York Fertility Institute offers embryo freezing, also known as cryopreservation, as well as egg freezing. Embryo freezing can also be an element in an IVF cycle. Higher quality embryos at the time of freezing are more likely to result in a successful, healthy pregnancy after thawing.

Fertility journeys can include many unexpected twists and turns. With the same-sex-family friendly team at New York Fertility Institute, you have the support you can count on to see you through to the achievement of your reproductive plans and hopes.

To learn more about your options for freezing your eggs, get in touch with our New York City, New York office now. Schedule your initial consultation appointment online, or call to book.

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