Frozen egg storage facts
- After eggs are frozen for fertility preservation, they need to be stored for future use.
- Some women will use their frozen eggs soon and some will use them later, so we offer short- and long-term storage options.
- For women who will use the eggs in an upcoming in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle, we provide on-site temporary storage for up to six months.
- For women who wish to wait longer to have a child, typically 5-10 years later, Dallas IVF transfers their frozen eggs to a trusted storage facility or egg bank.
- After both short-term or long-term storage, our on-site embryologists will thaw and prepare the eggs for fertilization via IVF.
Frozen egg storage in the cryopreservation process
Cryopreservation is the process of preserving cells, tissues and biologic matter, including eggs, sperm and embryos, by cooling them to low temperatures then safely storing them for future use. Storage after egg freezing is an integral part of the cryopreservation process.
Our doctors and embryologists follow strict guidelines on the proper storage and continual monitoring of frozen eggs and other frozen reproductive items entrusted to our care.
Take control of your fertility with frozen egg storage
At our Dallas egg freezing center, we believe that women should be able to take control of their reproductive potential. That’s why our full-service fertility clinic offers egg freezing as a form of fertility preservation, as well as frozen egg storage options.
Regardless of the reason a person wants to postpone motherhood, our physicians offer a highly effective way to preserve eggs until they are ready to have a baby.
Egg freezing as a form of fertility preservation
More women are waiting to become mothers. This can be a problem because the quality and quantity of a woman’s eggs decrease with age. However, egg freezing and frozen egg storage can help them preserve their ability to become a mother in the future.
Our Dallas egg freezing experts recommend that women freeze their eggs in their 20s or early-30s because women who undergo fertility preservation at these ages tend to end up with more eggs that are of higher quality, which can improve the odds of conceiving in the future.
Contact us to learn more about fertility preservation and frozen egg storage.
Understanding frozen egg storage
Our Dallas egg freezing center offers temporary storage for frozen eggs that will be used in upcoming IVF cycles. This temporary storage is typically designed for eggs that will be used within six months. Eggs in this type of storage remain in a cryotank in our state-of-the-art IVF lab that is protected by backup generators and monitored 24/7 by experienced embryologists.
Long-term storage at an egg bank
Women who freeze their eggs as a form of fertility preservation will store their eggs for longer than six months. In fact, they typically don’t plan to use them for five to 10 years. In this case, our Dallas IVF egg freezing center team will transfer their eggs to a trusted long-term storage facility, also known as an egg bank (egg freezing is also known as egg banking).
Frozen egg storage can keep eggs safe and secure indefinitely.
Dallas IVF embryologists thaw and prepare all frozen eggs
When patients are ready to conceive using frozen eggs, the storage facility will send their eggs back to Dallas IVF. Our embryologists will carefully thaw one or more eggs for fertilization in the IVF lab. Proper thawing (warming) technique along with an understanding of how the eggs were frozen is essential for pregnancy success.
After the thawing process, the patient will then undergo an embryo transfer procedure. Our Dallas fertility specialists will typically transfer one embryo at a time to reduce the risk of developing a pregnancy with multiples (twins or more).
After the embryo transfer procedure, the patient’s physician will carefully monitor for signs of pregnancy. Once the patient conceives, the pregnancy should proceed just like any other.
Egg freezing can give people the option to delay motherhood until they are ready to welcome a baby into their life.