Many women delay motherhood for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, fertility in women decreases as they get older. Egg freezing, also called mature oocyte cryopreservation, is a life-changing option for women who want to have children in the future.
At CARE Fertility in Bedford and Fort Worth, Texas, fertility experts Drs. Kevin and Kathy Doody have helped many people struggling with infertility grow their families. To support future plans for a family, we offer egg freezing at our state-of-the-art facility.
Though the decision to freeze your eggs is personal, we want to share with you some of the benefits of this procedure.
Egg freezing is a fertility option for women who aren’t ready or able to start a family now but want to increase their chances of getting pregnant later when the timing is right.
For egg freezing, we only preserve and store your unfertilized egg. We also offer embryo cryopreservation, which is freezing and storing a fertilized egg after we combine your egg with sperm.
Women choose to freeze their eggs for many reasons. Some of the benefits of egg freezing include:
Time is a major benefit of egg freezing. Many women feel the pressure of their ticking biological clock and the need to find someone and start a family before their “time” runs out. Egg freezing helps you have your family on your own time, when it’s right for you.
Egg freezing protects your eggs from disease and medical treatments. Many women choose to freeze their eggs if they have a health condition, such as endometriosis, or need treatment, such as chemotherapy, that might affect their reproductive organs, the quality of their eggs, or their fertility.
Age affects egg quality. Egg health and quality is best during your 20s. Once you reach 30, egg quality declines, affecting fertility and increasing the risk of birth defects. You can freeze your eggs at any age. But choosing to do so when you’re in your 20s helps you preserve those healthy eggs.
The biggest benefit of egg freezing is the end result ― growing your family.
The process of obtaining eggs for egg freezing is similar to our other infertility treatments like intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF). We want to collect as many eggs as possible at one time, so we first give you fertility medication that increases ovulation.
We use ultrasound imaging to track your ovulation. When your eggs reach the right level of maturity, we perform a transvaginal ultrasound aspiration to retrieve the eggs. You’re sedated during this procedure.
Right after we harvest your unfertilized eggs, we use a special process that cools and preserves them. Then, we store your eggs at our modern treatment center until you’re ready to use them.
Egg freezing gives you options. If you want to plan for your future family, we can help. Call the CARE Fertility office near you, or schedule a consultation online today.