San Diego Egg Freezing
Fertility Preservation Services
More and more women are delaying starting a family so that they can pursue
their educational or career goals. While this is an exciting and important
step for our society, it does make it more difficult for women who plan
to have a family to conceive at an older age. This is one reason why so
many women are making the decision to have their eggs frozen at a younger age.
Egg freezing is a different process from
embryo freezing. This process only requires the extraction of an egg, and the cultivation
of a healthy embryo can be performed later at a time of your choice.
Am I A Candidate for Egg Freezing?
Fertility preservation for women is usually recommended in your 20’s
and early 30’s. This is when your body is the most fertile and will
have the highest chance of success should you decide to have a child later
on. You may also want to consider having your eggs frozen if you are at
a high risk for cancer. Radiation from cancer treatment has been known
to result in infertility. Barring a rare medical issue, virtually every
woman interested in maintaining long-term fertility is a viable candidate
for egg freezing.
The number of eggs you may want to have frozen will vary based on your
age. For women under 35, 20 to 25 eggs should be sufficient. For women
over 35, you should have at least 30 eggs frozen to make up for the reduced
fertility rates of aging.
Egg freezing and success rates:
- For women under 35, freezing 20 eggs will have an 85% chance of producing a baby
- For women 35 to 37, freezing 20 eggs will have an 80% chance of producing a baby
- For women 38 to 40, freezing 30 eggs will have a 75% chance of producing a baby
- For women 41 to 42, freezing 30 eggs will have a 50% chance of producing a baby
The Egg Freezing Process
Once you have made the decision to freeze your eggs, the doctor may begin
by performing a hormone-injection process similar to the injections used
in in-vitro fertilization. At Hanabusa IVF, we sometimes alter this process
as it is not always necessary to stimulate egg production drastically
in younger patients. Our minimally invasive methods have proven to still
yield a substantial number of eggs for preservation.
Once the eggs are ready, a doctor will use an ultrasound probe to guide
a needle to the ovary and remove the eggs. The water content is then removed
from the egg and replaced with an anti-freeze substitute that will allow
it to survive the freezing process. Once frozen, you can retrieve them
at any time, even years later, if you decide you are ready to try for