Egg freezing is an innovative method of preserving eggs for a time in the future when a woman is ready to start her family. Frozen eggs can also be donated to other couples who are unable to conceive due to poor quality eggs. Women choose to freeze their eggs for a wide variety of reasons. Today’s women must know all of their options to preserve their fertility for future family planning, including:
Egg freezing performed through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the most common type of fertility preservation treatment for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Through IVF, a woman’s natural egg production is stimulated with fertility drugs into producing several eggs – 10 to 15 typically per cycle. These eggs are then surgically retrieved and cryopreserved using an advanced technique known as vitrification.
New Hope Fertility Center in NYC is a world renowned provider of egg freezing treatment for today’s woman. Dr. John Zhang was one of the first doctors in the United States to implement vitrification as a method of freezing eggs. The Doctor was one of the first doctors in New York to facilitate a live birth using egg freezing fertility preservation.
Vitrification is a flash-freezing method preventing the formation of ice crystals between the cells forming an egg. Ice crystals can damage an egg’s cells.
When egg freezing is not recommended by a patient’s oncologist, or it is not the preferred option by the patient herself – embryo cryopreservation – is also widely acclaimed to preserve a couple’s future fertility through IVF and FET technology.
By surgically retrieving eggs, fertilizing them in vitro (in a laboratory setting), and then freezing the resulting high quality embryos, a couple can increase their chances of conceiving a child biologically related to both the mother and father.
When thawed, embryos can be transferred to the mother’s uterus – or – to the uterus of a gestational surrogate should the mother’s uterus be unfrienndly to transfer and implantation.
Ovarian Tissue Transplant
The National Institutes of Health reported that [h]uman ovarian tissue transplantation has resulted in the birth of over 70 children worldwide. Preserving female fertility through ovarian tissue freezing is a proven safe and successful procedure.
Ovarian tissue freezing is accomplished in an outpatient surgical procedure by removing a thin piece of the outer membrane of one of the woman’s ovary – the preserved ovary. The outer membrane of an ovary is where a woman’s eggs are located. This ovarian tissue is cryopreserved for later transplant to the woman’s other ovary – the non-preserved ovary.
The procedure begins through a Conventional IVF treatment. A woman is prescribed a regimen of fertility drugs to stimulate her egg production. Once mature, the woman’s eggs are surgically retrieved and then frozen through a vitrification – flash freezing – process. The vitrification process protects the delicate eggs from damage due to the formation of ice crystals between the egg’s cells.
Dr. John Zhang was one of the first fertility specialists in the U.S. to implement the vitrification process. In fact, New Hope Fertility Center has the only operational donor egg bank in the United States using the vitrification process for egg freezing.
Not only can freezing your eggs help you to achieve a healthy pregnancy, this innovative technology may also be able to help others. If you are able to get pregnant on your own – or – have frozen eggs left over after conceiving through IVF treatment, you may be able to donate your eggs to another couple in need. It can be incredibly rewarding and satisfying to know that your eggs helped another couple to achieve their dreams of starting a family.
We would be happy to discuss the egg freezing process and benefits with you further. Dr. John Zhang is a renowned fertility expert and can guide you in deciding if freezing your eggs is right for you. Call us at 917.525.5496 to schedule your first consultation.