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Find that right person. Focus on your career. Finish your education. The age of your eggs (not you) is the number one cause of infertility. Freeze your eggs to preserve your option to build a family when you're ready.

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Set up a consult to understand your options

Women’s eggs are frozen during their peak fertility years—20s and early 30s. The egg freezing process begins with a consultation with a physician, followed by pre-screening lab work (hormonal lab testing, preconception screening, ovarian and uterine evaluation, etc.) You will then receive an outline of the stimulation process.

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Around a month after the initial consultation, or when your targeted cycle starts, egg production will be stimulated with fertility medications. Frequent lab work and ultrasounds are done to monitor egg growth over the next 10-12 days. Then, a final injection will be given to mature the eggs and prepare them for retrieval. Thirty-six hours after the injection, the eggs will be retrieved under intravenous sedation. After the eggs are retrieved, the IVF laboratory will freeze and store them for your future use.

Set it and forget it until you're ready

When you are ready to start your family, frozen eggs are thawed and combined with sperm to create embryos. Before an embryo is transferred, both parents are screened for common inherited diseases. The embryo can then be tested for any recessive diseases identified in the parents as well as chromosomal abnormalities, which occur randomly and are a risk for every pregnancy. Once screened, you will undergo Single Embryo Transfer (SET), a procedure in which only one embryo is transferred into the uterus. SET eliminates the risks associated with a multiple pregnancy, which increases your chances of having a healthy baby.

Age Matters

The truth about your fertility

We’re born with all the eggs we’ll ever have—and their quantity and quality decrease as we age. If you think you might want a baby someday, but aren’t ready right now, freezing your eggs keeps your options open.

As you get older, you’re less likely to conceive.

We encourage all women to be informed about their own fertility. The vast majority of women aren’t aware of their fertility fitness until it’s too late, and by then, options are limited. When women understand where they’re at today, they can make informed decisions about their options for future pregnancies.

There are so many factors that affect a woman’s ability to conceive, but there are three inexpensive tests you can ask about to get the conversation going with your OB/GYN:

FSH and LH Testing

FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone) levels can be tested through a simple blood test that’s generally administered on day three of your menstrual cycle to determine how hard your body needs to work to produce mature eggs.

AMH Testing

AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) assesses your ovarian reserve and helps a doctor to determine if you are a candidate for IVF using your own eggs, or if you can conceive on your own without IVF.

How long can eggs be stored?

Eggs have been safely stored and then thawed after many years with the same success as eggs that are fresh or frozen for a short time. There is currently no evidence that suggests that frozen eggs deteriorate with time.

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