Freezing eggs allows a woman to choose the time of motherhood that best suits her lifestyle
In today’s society, many women are choosing to delay motherhood until they are older. Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health (AZARH) is pleased to provide you with egg freezing services at our Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Phoenix fertility clinics.
Egg freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation, is opening new doors for women wishing to preserve their fertility. Fertility decreases with age, slowly declining until age 30, then declining more quickly thereafter. By age 40, the chances of spontaneous pregnancy are less than 50% of what they were at age 30, and other risks such as miscarriage and chromosomal abnormalities are significantly higher.
With the recent improvements in egg freezing technology, we can offer one the option of freezing and storing their eggs at a younger age, allowing a woman to choose when she is ready for a family.
You’re Chances for Success with Egg Freezing
Three of the most important factors in determining your chances for potential success with egg freezing are your serum FSH, baseline follicle count of your ovaries and ovarian reserve testing.
These studies are used to gain an understanding of the ability of your ovaries to produce healthy eggs that will allow for successful freezing, thawing, fertilization and embryo development. These are vital steps to establish a successful pregnancy. Due to the natural egg aging process, it is more ideal to freeze eggs in women who are younger than 38 years old.
The Egg Freezing Process
The process for egg freezing is similar to a traditional In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) cycle, typically taking 3 to 6 weeks. First, you will take fertility medications to stimulate your ovaries to produce multiple eggs. Next, our fertility specialists will retrieve your eggs and freeze them in liquid nitrogen that same day. The eggs are stored at temperatures where there is no cellular activity and, therefore, are not impacted by length of storage. The number of eggs produced and the percentage of mature eggs recovered is variable from person to person.
In the future, when you are ready to get pregnant, we will review the protocol again; your eggs will be thawed and fertilized and then transferred to your uterus. This process may sound complicated, but we assure you that we will walk you through each step of the process, answer all of your questions, and make sure that you have all of the emotional support and holistic support you need is addressed while dealing with infertility.
Is Egg Freezing Right for You?
Egg freezing may be right for you if you are delaying childbearing for any reason.
- Freezing eggs at an early reproductive age may improve your chance of pregnancy in the future and decrease the incidence of birth defects associated with aging eggs.
- Due to the natural egg aging process, it is ideal to freeze eggs if you are younger than 38 years old and dealing with one of the following scenarios:
- You are choosing to delay pregnancy for medical reasons or by choice
- You are choosing to freeze eggs before undergoing cancer treatment
Request an appointment at one of our Arizona fertility centers or call 480-946-9900 to schedule a pre-consultation evaluation of your Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and estradiol levels. These tests should be scheduled for the third day of your menstrual bleeding prior to your initial consultation with the fertility doctor.