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Why Others Have Frozen Their Eggs and Why You Should Too

Why Others Have Frozen Their Eggs and Why You Should Too 

While egg freezing is growing in popularity, many women do not realize the benefits of preserving fertility. Egg freezing is the perfect way to ensure that you are able to start the family you want when you are ready.  

2015-21-2Women are most fertile beginning in their teenage years through their thirties.  After age 35, the quality of a woman’s eggs begins to decline, reducing her fertility.  Egg freezing allows you to save your eggs when they are healthiest in order to use them when you are ready.  Some women want to preserve their fertility due to medical issues.  Other women want to be better established in their professional lives before they start families.  There are also women who choose to wait to get married and start a family.  Regardless of the reason, egg freezing can help.

What happens during an egg freezing cycle?

During a cycle to harvest eggs, women are given fertility medication to promote the growth of multiple eggs.  Administered through injections, the fertility medications enable you to grow and mature a large number of eggs in order to meet your needs later on.  In addition to the fertility medication, women are closely monitored so that the egg retrieval can be timed correctly. 

Once the eggs are mature, they are retrieved via microsurgery during an outpatient procedure.

How are eggs stored?

There are two ways of freezing eggs.  The traditional method is a slow dunk process which gradually lowers the temperature of eggs.  Unfortunately, this process allows for the formation of ice crystals which can be detrimental to the eggs.  

Vitrification flash freezes the eggs, reducing the temperature in an instant.  The speed of the freezing process as well as the use of a cryoprotectant virtually eliminates the risk of damage due to ice crystals. The improvement to the freezing process can be seen in the success rates.  98 percent of eggs frozen with vitrification survive the freezing and thawing process versus 55 percent with traditional methods.

Contact us today to receive additional information about fertility preservation. 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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