Freezing and preserving eggs is a process that’s become more and more accepted at fertility clinics across the country. Simply put, it allows a woman to delay pregnancy for a more suitable time.
One common scenario for egg freezing would be a woman between the ages of 15 and 41 years who is diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer that will require chemotherapy or radiation treatments to a part of the body near the ovaries. Another example would be a woman who requires surgical removal of her ovary(ies) for a benign or questionable disease process. In cases like these, assuming there is enough time for the egg freezing process and the treating doctor(s) approves, the patient can undergo one (and occasionally a second) treatment cycle to store a batch of eggs.
Some women have professional or educational goals, and therefore choose to have their eggs frozen when they are in their reproductive prime, for later use.
As of October 2012, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine removed the “experimental” label from oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing) and now endorses the procedure for medical indications like the ones mentioned above.
If you are interested in or need more preliminary information about egg freezing, learn more about how to get started with egg freezing by contacting us today.