Egg Freezing, Step by Step Process
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Step 1: Speak with a member of our friendly staff – Contact our office with our online contact form or by calling (714) 513-1399. You can schedule a phone consultation to ask questions and learn if you are a good candidate.
Step 2: Evaluating Your Ovarian Reserve/Egg Quality Ovarian potential refers to the likelihood a woman’s ovaries will respond sufficiently well to yield a sufficient number of eggs. This can be determined by undergoing a brief examination using ultrasound (which uses sound waves, not X-rays) to estimate the number of resting eggs in the ovaries and observing the image of the uterus. The ovarian reserve is further assessed by measuring the level of 4 different hormones in the blood stream. This is measured by a blood test performed following the first few days after starting a new menstrual cycle. Test results are reviewed by the doctor and explained to you.
The testing outcome will indicate which medications will work best for each patient and determine whether egg freezing is appropriate for each patient.
Step 3: Preparing for Ovarian Stimulation and Egg Production – Once the doctor determines your ovarian reserve, he will design your medication dosage which will encourage egg growth for about 12 days. You will administer the injectable medications daily as instructed by our team. Monitoring is performed every 3 or 4 days by ultrasound and a blood test to determine proper egg growth. When follicles are mature, as determined by monitoring, we perform the egg harvest by ultrasound technique. There is no need for an abdominal incision. You will receive personalized instruction on the proper use, delivery, and side effects of these medications.
Step 4: Egg Retrieval At the appropriate time in the stimulation cycle, usually 12 days after starting medications, the egg retrieval will be performed utilizing a vaginal ultrasound probe and attached-needle guide to pass an aspirating needle through the vagina and into the ovary/ovaries. This procedure lasts approximately 45 minutes and is performed under intravenous anesthesia under the care of a specially-trained anesthesiologist physician. You will remain in our recovery area for about one hour. Rest is recommended for 2 days. A post-operative visit is scheduled one week later. You must bring a friend or family member who can drive you home after the egg retrieval process.
Step 5: Egg Freeze Once the eggs are harvested, they are cultured in our incubators for 3(three) hours to encourage egg maturation. The eggs are processed using our patent-pending freezing solutions conceived and developed by Frozen Egg Bank, Inc. Once frozen, the eggs can remain frozen indefinitely until ready to be thawed.
Step 6: Egg Thawing When You Are Ready When conditions are favorable for you to thaw the oocytes, they will be thawed and inseminated with your partner sperm (or donor sperm for single women). We use a special technique called ICSI to insert one healthy sperm into the egg center to induce fertilization.
Usually 6 eggs are thawed per each attempt and the resulting embryos are observed. We recommend the transfer of 2 or 3 embryos depending on each patient’s case. The pregnancy rate per attempt is 53%. View our egg freezing success rates.
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