Egg freezing, or oocyte cryopreservation, is a well-established fertility preservation technique, similar to freezing sperm.
A patient who wishes to freeze her eggs will undergo some of the same steps used for in vitro fertilization. She will receive hormone therapy, followed by an egg retrieval procedure. Then, the eggs are specially processed and frozen for later use. Talk to a fertility doctor to determine if egg freezing is right for you.
Egg freezing might be right for you if you’ve been diagnosed with certain medical conditions. Sometimes, medications can diminish your ovarian function, reducing your ability to achieve pregnancy without fertility treatments. You might also be a good candidate for egg freezing if you have a family history of early menopause or ovarian cancer. Furthermore, if you have been diagnosed with cancer and you wish to have children, it’s a good idea to consult a fertility specialist. Cancer treatments such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy drugs can reduce your fertility. By freezing your eggs before you undergo these treatments, you can still have the opportunity to enjoy the miracle of motherhood.
Careers rank high on many women’s list of priorities. Oftentimes, the demands of a career interfere with the time needed for parenting a child. Many women these days are delaying pregnancy until their careers are well-established. However, as age advances, fertility declines. You may wish to freeze your eggs to ensure you’ll be able to have children when the time is right.
Even if your career doesn’t interfere with your family life, you could be a good candidate for egg freezing. Many single women who are in their 30s and beyond are choosing to freeze their eggs so they’ll be able to start their family when they meet the right partner.
The team of fertility specialists at Dallas IVF has been on the forefront of groundbreaking research in oocyte cryopreservation. To determine whether you could be a good candidate for egg freezing, give us a call at (214) 297-0020. Our fertility clinic in Dallas offers compassionate care and patient support in a comfortable environment.