Women choose to freeze their eggs for many different reasons – wanting to create a potential backup plan, waiting for the right partner, dealing with medical conditions or treatment affecting fertility, or delaying kids for career, finances, or other personal reasons. Whatever the reasons are for you, we’re here to support you and make sure you have the best possible experience undergoing your treatment.
Egg freezing uses follicle-stimulating hormones, which your body produces naturally, to stimulate more eggs to grow on your ovaries during the month of the procedure. During a typical menstrual cycle, only one egg ovulates, while a number of other eggs disintegrate. The hormonal treatment tries to mature a larger number of eggs, which are retrieved at the point when they’re ready to ovulate and be fertilized. The retrieved eggs are then flash-frozen ("vitrified") and can be thawed in the future to be fertilized and become embryos.
The younger you are when you freeze your eggs, the more eggs you have, and the better their quality tends to be. While egg freezing is no guarantee, younger eggs are likely to increase your chances of success, decrease the risks of abnormality associated with older eggs, and decrease your costs should you need fertility treatment later on.
- Get to know your doctor over video chat
- Complete some diagnostic tests that allow your doctor to design your personal treatment plan
- After your first in-person appointment with your doctor, you’ll start giving yourself hormone injections that stimulate more eggs to grow (your doctor will teach you how, and we'll help, too)
- During regular ultrasound appointments your doctor will make sure you’re responding well to the treatment, and your eggs are growing
- Once your eggs are close to being fully mature, you’ll administer a “trigger shot” that gets them to full maturation
- The stimulation phase usually lasts 7-11 days, and most women experience little to no side effects (e.g., some bloating around your ovaries)
- 36h after the “trigger shot”, your eggs will be ready to be retrieved
- You’ll be sedated for 15min while a doctor collects your eggs
- Some women experience some soreness afterwards
- Your doctor’s lab will examine your eggs right after they’ve been collected, will flash freeze them, and put them into safe storage
- Our partner clinics have average survival rates of 90% for eggs that have been frozen and thawed, which only the best US clinics attain, according to FertilityIQ.