Egg freezing, also sometimes referred to as fertility preservation or oocyte cryopreservation, is a fertility preservation method that allows women to delay family-building while preserving their current fertility. There are many reasons why women choose to freeze their eggs, including focusing on career or education goals, traveling, working on personal aspirations, medical considerations, and relationship status. Moving forward with egg freezing is a proactive step toward securing a reserve of viable eggs that can be safely stored for years until you are ready to start a family.
RMA of New York at CareMount works closely with women pursuing egg freezing so they can effectively “press pause” on their biological clocks. Our clinical team uses a process called vitrification, a highly successful cryopreservation technique that results in the survival of 80%-90% of eggs frozen as well as high embryo survival rates.
Why should I consider egg freezing?
A woman’s fertility peaks around her early to mid-20s; as she gets older, the quality and quantity of her ovarian reserve begin to gradually decline until the age of 35, when the decline typically happens at a more rapid pace. As such, it’s typically easier to achieve a successful and healthy pregnancy when using younger eggs.
Egg freezing technology makes it possible for women to preserve their current egg quality so that they have the option of starting a family in the future. For many women, this option provides peace of mind knowing that there isn’t a clock ticking as they pursue their plans and dreams. Women can rest easy knowing that they do not need to rush into family-building before they are truly ready.
The Egg Freezing Process
From start to finish, the egg freezing process typically takes less than four weeks to complete. In many ways, egg freezing is similar to the early phases of an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle, in which fertility medications are used to stimulate the ovaries to develop multiple eggs prior to retrieval.
The first step in the egg freezing process is to attend an initial consultation with one of our fertility physicians. During your consultation, we will discuss your family-building goals, review your medical history, and assess your fertility. Our clinical team will prepare you for what to expect during the entire process, including ovarian stimulation, how to administer self-injecting medications, and egg retrieval. Before beginning treatment, we will perform basic tests to evaluate your overall health.
In general, freezing a higher number of eggs makes it more likely for patients to achieve successful fertilization and pregnancy in the future. To stimulate the ovaries into developing and maturing several eggs at the same time, we will prescribe you injectable fertility medications which you will need to self-administer during your egg freezing cycle. While taking the medications, you will also visit our office every other day or so for a brief appointment so that our staff can monitor and review your progress. Pending our findings, adjustments may be made to your medications.
The egg retrieval procedure will take place after several eggs have matured and are ready to be extracted. The procedure is performed at our Mount Kisco location and is completed with the patient under light sedation, and takes around 15-20 minutes from start to finish. Using an ultrasound probe for guidance, your doctor will identify the mature egg follicles and then insert a fine aspirating needle through the vaginal wall and into the ovaries. The eggs and their surrounding fluid are then gently collected from their follicles and placed into sterile test tubes. After the retrieval is complete, patients are required to rest in our recovery room for at least one hour.
After retrieval, the eggs will be transferred to our embryology laboratory where they will be analyzed to determine maturity. Mature eggs are then frozen via vitrification and stored safely.
When you are ready to conceive, your frozen eggs will be thawed and injected with sperm to create embryos via a procedure called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Once mature, the embryos will be ready for transfer. The healthiest embryo is then selected and transferred to the uterus.
Advanced Egg Freezing Technology
Thanks to advancements in vitrification and cryopreservation technology, egg freezing today has higher success rates and has resulted in thousands of healthy births. Furthermore, studies show that children born from frozen eggs have not demonstrated any increase in birth defects or chromosomal abnormalities.
Egg Freezing Cost
Employers are increasingly offering egg freezing benefits to their employees and employees’ spouses. Egg freezing may be covered or partially covered by your health insurance, though you will need to confirm what degree of coverage exists with your insurance provider. The level of coverage will depend on the type of insurance plan you have. Our Financial Services Coordinators are available to help patients navigate insurance coverage, as well as any out-of-pocket expenses that may occur.
Choosing RMA of New York at CareMount for Egg Freezing
Since 2001, RMA of New York has successfully facilitated the births of thousands of healthy babies for patients across the New York City metro area and beyond. By combining RMA of New York’s world-renowned expertise in reproductive care with CareMount’s long-standing commitment to delivering local exceptional care, we’re able to offer that same personalized, state-of-the-art fertility care right in your Hudson Valley neighborhood. We provide the expertise, technology, research, resources, and compassion needed to help ensure your future family is in the best of hands. No matter the path needed to complete your family-building goals, you can count on our team to be in your corner every step of the way.
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