Is Egg Freezing for Me?
Elective and medical egg freezing is an option available for women wishing to preserve their fertility for the future.
Why should I Freeze my Eggs?
Because female fertility declines as you get older, if you are not ready or not able to have children due to medical treatment, freezing your eggs in your 20s and 30s will best ensure your chances for a future pregnancy. Unlike the ovaries and oocytes (eggs), your uterus is not as affected by age and can carry a pregnancy well into your 40s and 50s. Frozen eggs are stored at -196oC (-320.8 oF), so there is no deterioration in egg quality with time, and they remain suspended in time at the same “age” you froze them.
Social or Elective Egg Freezing
Your personal reasons for wanting to freeze your eggs may include one or more of the following:
- Your career is your primary focus
- Finishing your education is your priority
- You are waiting to find your life partner to have a child
You do not need a medical reason, it is your own choice, and preserving your fertility allows you to focus on what’s important now, while not sacrificing the future.
Medical Egg Freezing
Freezing your eggs to preserve your fertility due to medical reasons may be a choice you opt to make due to the following:
- Risk of infertility due to surgery, radiation or chemotherapy
- Having a family history of early menopause
For women facing chemotherapy, surgery or radiation, egg freezing offers a chance to preserve your eggs prior to treatment. Most of these treatments destroy your eggs and lead to infertility. Medically necessary options vary depending on age, type of cancer, and cancer-treatment plan – something that will be discussed at Cryos during your initial visit, to find the best option for you.
Women with a family history of early menopause may also choose to preemptively freeze their eggs. Some forms of early menopause (such as premature ovarian failure) are genetically-linked and egg freezing offers a chance to preserve eggs before they are all depleted.
Am I a Good Candidate for Egg Freezing?
There are several information gathering steps that allow us to determine if egg freezing is a good option for you or not.
First, your journey with Cryos will start with a tour of our facility and a consultation with a Clinical Coordinator. During this visit, they will review with you how the process works and what the requirements are. You will also meet with a Financial Counselor who will work with you to answer any financial questions you may have, and help you to secure any payment arrangements you may need. We offer financing if necessary, read more about financing.
If you determine that you would like to proceed, the next step is a consultation with our Physician where they will ask and answer questions regarding your health and your goals. They will present the facts about fertility preservation, how it works, the limitations and the chances of getting pregnant, when you’re ready.
During that visit, they will perform basic fertility testing, including a blood test that checks your AMH (hormones) levels, and an ovarian ultrasound where they will count the number of follicles in the ovaries. These tests help determine potential egg quantity and allows Cryos to help you in making the best decision for you.
We are here for you
At Cryos, we wish to support and help you on your journey to parenthood. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or need further information.