When it comes to parenthood, it helps to have options. Freezing eggs with Cryos is a great option for women who would like to have a child in the future. Fertility preservation is utilized by couples and individuals who have made the decision to wait, but also want to be prepared in the future at a time of their choice.
Social or Elective Egg Freezing
Your personal reasons for wanting to freeze your eggs may include one or more of the following:
- Your career is your primary focus
- Finishing your education is your priority
- You are waiting to find the right partner to have a child with
Choosing to freeze your eggs is a personal choice and a medical reason is unnecessary. Preserving your fertility allows you to focus on what’s important to you now while planning for your future path to parenthood.
Medical Egg Freezing
Freezing your eggs to preserve your fertility due to medical reasons including but not limited to the following:
- Risk of infertility due to surgery, radiation or chemotherapy
- Having a family history of early menopause
For women facing chemotherapy, surgery or radiation, egg freezing offers a chance to preserve your eggs prior to treatment. Most of these treatments can destroy your eggs and lead to possible infertility. Medically necessary options vary depending on age, type of cancer, and cancer-treatment plan – something that will be discussed at Cryos during your initial visit, so you can decide the best option for you.
Women with a family history of early menopause may also choose to preemptively freeze their eggs. Some forms of early menopause (such as premature ovarian failure) are genetically linked and egg freezing offers a chance to preserve eggs before they are depleted.
When should I freeze my eggs?
Cryos recommends taking advantage of premium egg quality during prime reproductive years – your 20’s through early 30’s. By contacting our Customer Care Team, Cryos can lead you through a series of questions to help determine the right time to freeze your eggs.
Pregnancy rates from frozen eggs can depend on the woman’s age at the time she decides to freeze her eggs and various other factors. Therefore, Cryos is unable to freeze eggs for patients over 38 years of age, as the chance of a healthy pregnancy is statistically unlikely.
How long can my eggs be frozen?
Cryopreserved (frozen) eggs can be stored indefinitely. Live births have been reported using eggs that were frozen over ten years ago. However, because egg vitrification is a relatively new procedure the upper limit for which they can be stored at this time is really unknown.
Embryos on the other hand have been stored for decades with great success and there is little reason to suspect that eggs will be any different.
How many eggs should I freeze?
The number of eggs you should store depends on your age at the time of retrieval. Based on existing studies, calculating average egg thaw and fertilization rates, we recommend a minimum of 10 frozen eggs for each IVF cycle or pregnancy attempt you want to plan. Most women 38 years of age and under can expect to successfully cryopreserve (freeze) around 10-20 eggs per cycle.
Do you have any questions?
Cryos would be more than happy to assist you! Contact us to speak with one of our knowledgeable bilingual Customer Care Representatives.
Call us at (407) 203-1175 or email us at [email protected].
Or visit our live online chat system available on the Cryos website during operating hours.