At The Fertility Center of Charleston, our lab is proud to offer egg freezing, a process that allows women to take control of their reproductive freedom by storing healthy unfertilized eggs until a time in the future when they are ready to begin a family.
Egg freezing is a great way to “preserve” fertility regardless of age, relationship status, or health issues. Many women choose to freeze their eggs to fertilize at a later time or before undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
At The Fertility Center of Charleston, we are proud to offer egg freezing (oocyte cryopreservation), a process that allows women to take control of their reproductive freedom by storing healthy unfertilized eggs until a time in the future when they are ready to begin a family. Egg cryopreservation is becoming a well-known option for women wanting to have children – just not yet. This process allows women to preserve fertility regardless of age, relationship status, or health issues.
The process of oocyte cryopreservation is simple. Eggs are created within fluid filled sacs in the ovary called follicles. Normally a woman will produce one mature follicle in any given menstrual cycle. In order to produce more eggs in a single cycle, hormone medications are used to stimulate the ovary to allow more follicles to grow thus the potential for more eggs. Typically eggs reach optimum maturation after approximately 10 days of medication. Ultrasound monitoring and blood hormone levels are conducted every couple of days during the 10 days of medication to determine the maturation of the eggs. These evaluations are conducted in the morning and our monitoring starts as early as 7:30am to better accommodate the work / school schedules of our patients. When the eggs have reached maturity, another medication, human chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG), will be taken. Approximately 36 hours after the hCG injection, you are given anesthesia and Dr. Singleton will harvest your eggs from your ovaries with a needle guided by ultrasound.
After the eggs are removed from the ovary the embryologist will perform the cryopreservation of the eggs and they will be stored for future use. There is no expiration date on the eggs and they will remain in storage until the patient is ready to proceed with fertilization and conception.
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