Egg Freezing Overview Video
Oocyte Cryopreservation - Stopping the Biological Clock
At HRC Fertility, we have been at the forefront of medicine in developing new techniques to freeze unfertilized eggs. Fertility preservation (egg freezing) uses some of the same technologies perfected with IVF to allow women to delay childbearing. Egg freezing prevents the eggs from aging and therefore can be used to minimize the loss of fertility that occurs with advancing age. This loss of fertility starts in the late twenties and rapidly accelerates in the mid-thirties so that most women in their early forties have permanently lost their ability to conceive. HRC Fertility’s research has helped make egg freezing a feasible option for women to preserve their reproductive options.
Oocyte cryopreservation has emerged as an option for women to delay childbearing until they are ready to have children. This includes those who are not ready to have children and those who have not yet found a partner. Also, for those undergoing IVF that have ethical concerns regarding the creation of excess embryos, freezing their unused eggs gives them the best opportunity to maximize their treatment success. The best option currently available to preserve fertility is to freeze eggs. By freezing her eggs, a woman is essentially preserving the potential of her eggs for the future – eggs frozen from a 30-year-old woman will always function as if they came from a 30-year old, even if they are not used for another 10 to 15 years.
Egg freezing is particularly important for women who undergo therapies, such as cancer chemotherapy or radiation, that will destroy their ovaries. Eggs can be retrieved and frozen prior to the therapy for use at a later date.
The membrane surrounding the egg, the zona pellucida, is more fragile than the embryonic membrane. Because of this, embryos are less likely to rupture during the freezing process. Special techniques must be employed to protect the integrity of the egg while it is frozen.
For more information about the Egg Freezing program at HRC Pasadena, please contact us at (877) 577-5070 or by simply filling out our online form.