Egg freezing is the leading fertility preserving treatment. For women who wish to postpone family building without risking a loss of their eggs as they age, egg freezing is the treatment of choice. Through expert customized ovarian stimulation protocols, Dr. Mor has successfully performed egg freezing for many women across the greater Los Angeles area, in a simple and safe assisted reproductive technique.
Originally this technology was intended for reproductive aged women diagnosed with cancers who wanted to preserve their fertility prior to aggressive chemotherapy or radiation treatment that could destroy their eggs stored in the ovaries.
But now it’s available to all women!
There are many reasons women choose egg freezing, whether they have a demanding career or they don’t have a significant partner.
Some women come in knowing they want to have a large family and with more and more women having their first child later in life, it makes sense to bank some eggs for the potential baby #2 or #3.
Egg freezing provides that insurance so you don’t need to settle or rush to make a life altering decision right now. So even if you are not sure whether to have children, egg freezing gives you a choice in the future.
Unfortunately, women are born with a limited number of eggs, and we don’t generate new eggs, this is what we call the “ovarian reserve”. As a woman ages, the egg quantity and quality diminishes.
Peak fecundability (the likelihood of conceiving per given month of trying) is reached around age 30 and gradually decreases with an accelerated decline after age 35-37. One reason is the number of eggs begin to decline more rapidly. Chromosomal abnormalities also start to increase after age 35 so miscarriages are also more common. So not only is it harder to get pregnant it’s harder to stay pregnant.
Women should consider freezing eggs between the ages of 30-37 to take advantage of the healthiest batch of eggs.
For younger women or women unsure if they want to proceed with egg freezing, they can still come in for a thorough medical evaluation and to check their ovarian reserve. With this knowledge at hand it may be easier to make a decision to wait another year or to go ahead and start an egg freeze cycle. The most important thing is to have an individualized plan that works for you.
For older women, individualized tailored treatment is very important. It’s possible you may need more than one cycle to freeze sufficient eggs to have a successful chance in the future.
Sometimes after our discussion a woman will decide to pivot from egg banking and want to conceive. If that’s the case we are more than willing to help you achieve that goal!
After your initial consultation and work up, with your upcoming menses we start hormone injections. The medications are meant to stimulate your ovaries to grow mature eggs. It usually consists of 2-3 injections every day for about 10 days. During this time you will come in to the clinic every 2-3 days for a vaginal ultrasound to monitor the follicular growth and bloodwork. The eggs are then harvested during a short out-patient procedure where you have sedation (so you will be asleep and won’t feel anything). Then the mature eggs are frozen. From start to finish it take about 2 weeks.
At CCRH, we vitrify eggs. Meaning we flash freeze them so they’re frozen in a glass-like state. They can be stored indefinitely, 5-10-20 years, without a change in the quality.
When you are ready to use the frozen eggs we will thaw all or part of the eggs. Each egg will then be injected with a sperm. The embryos will then be cultured in an incubator and you can decide if you want to do genetic testing (PGT-A) on the embryos. The uterine lining will be prepared with hormones to carry the pregnancy and once the lining is sufficiently prepped, the embryo will be transferred into the uterus.
We definitely understand cost can be an issue for a lot of women deciding on egg freezing and for that reason we keep it exceptionally affordable. Think of egg freezing as an investment in yourself for yourself!
If you have more questions, feel free to reach out to our new patient schedulers and meet with one of our doctors.