Dr. Armando Hernandez-Rey and Dr. Sinem Karipcin offer safe options for women who want to freeze their eggs to preserve their fertility. With new technology that freezes eggs very quickly, called vitrification, doctors can achieve a 70% to 80% fertilization rate with thawed eggs. This success rate is now similar to fresh eggs. This is one of the most exciting developments in the fertility arena, as it offers patients more choices than ever before.
There are many reasons why a woman may want to freeze her eggs (a process known as cryopreservation) for future use. The most common reason is her age. Women are born with a set number of eggs. As all women age, the number and quality of eggs decreases, especially after the age of 35. Many women are now opting to freeze their eggs in their late 20s or early 30s before this decline in the quality of their eggs. This gives them the freedom to advance their education or career, or simply find the right partner.
There are other medical reasons to freeze your eggs as well. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer can damage your eggs, so discussing fertility preservation with your oncologist is important. Our doctors have worked closely with many oncologists to coordinate the process. Certain conditions may also prevent a woman from having a functional uterus. Some women have to have their ovaries or uterus removed before they have had a child. For these women, harvesting her eggs for future use themselves or with a surrogate allows them the opportunity to have a biological child of their own. Endometriosis or ovarian cysts, for example, may require a woman to have her ovaries removed.
When you are ready to get pregnant, we will thaw the eggs and complete the IVF process, which involves taking progesterone to thicken the uterine wall and transferring one or two healthy fertilized eggs (embryos) into your uterus.
Fertility preservation is a suitable option for many women, especially if there are medical reasons to delay pregnancy. Please call our office to speak with a professional about cryopreservation (egg freezing). Dial (305) 446-4673 (HOPE) to schedule a consultation or request a consultation online now.