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Deciding When To Freeze Your Eggs

Making the decision to freeze eggs can be an important part of your journey to parenthood.  In today’s society, women choose to delay starting a family for a number of reasons.  While this may be best for a woman socially, professionally, financially or medically a woman’s biological clock continues to tick.  A woman is most fertile from her teenage years until age 35.  After age 35, the quality of her eggs begins to decline. Freezing her eggs allows women to focus on other aspects of her life without jeopardizing her ability to have children in the future.

When Should I Freeze Eggs?

A woman should freeze her eggs as early as possible.  Not only are younger eggs of a higher quality, but a woman is less likely to have issues with her ovarian reserve during her younger years.  

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How does the Egg Freezing Process Work?

 

The first step in fertility preservation is to speak with a fertility expert.  Your fertility care team will take time to understand your medical history and to uncover any fertility concerns you may have.  Once your egg freezing cycle begins, you are monitored and given fertility medication in order to stimulate your ovaries.  The goal is to harvest a large quantity of healthy eggs that are ready to be fertilized.  Once the eggs have matured to the appropriate level, they are harvested using microsurgery, evaluated for quality and frozen.

Does the freezing process harm the eggs?

The method of freezing plays a large role in the success of the freezing and thawing process.  Traditionally, egg freezing uses a slow dunk process that gradually reduces the temperature of the eggs.  This process can lead to the formation of ice crystals which are detrimental to the eggs.  Traditional freezing methods have a survival rate for the freezing and thawing process of 55 percent.

Cutting edge fertility centers, such as New Hope Fertility Center in NYC, use the state of the art freezing method of vitrification.  Vitrification uses a cryoprotectant and instantaneously brings eggs down to their storage temperature, virtually eliminating the chance of ice crystal formation.  The success rate using vitrification is 98 percent.

For additional information on how choosing to freeze eggs can preserve your fertility, contact New Hope Fertility Center today.  Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.

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