The American Society of Reproductive Medicine no longer considers egg freezing an experimental technique. Recent technological advances are showing very promising results in post-thaw survival rates. In the past, egg freezing compromised the integrity of the egg, making fertilization difficult. There are about 1500 babies born worldwide from egg freezing.
Most fertility centers are now using a rapid freezing technique that better protects the integrity of the egg. Just like embryo freezing, it takes about two weeks from the onset of your period to harvest multiple eggs and includes daily, self-administered hormone injections, frequent blood work and ovarian ultrasounds. Upon maturation, eggs are retrieved during a quick outpatient surgical procedure and frozen for future use.
A woman who is ready to get pregnant after cancer will still use in vitro fertilization to create embryos from her eggs and partner’s sperm, as well as prepare her uterus for implantation. After careful monitoring, embryologists will test the embryo’s health before implanting into a woman’s uterus or that of a surrogate. Some women produce enough eggs to freeze both embryos and eggs. To listen to patient stories, visit our Video Diaries section.