Egg Freezing: What You Need to Know

You’re in the prime of your fertile years, but life just isn’t where you’d like or need it to be in order to start raising a child. While that may feel like a frustrating or even impossible situation, egg freezing can bring hope. And that’s just one common reason to consider freezing your eggs.

At Noble Fertility Center in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City, fertility specialist Dr. Peter Chang offers egg freezing for good candidates, safely preserving your eggs until you’re ready for in vitro fertilization. Here, we explain this process to help you decide whether it might be a smart option for you.

How egg freezing works

Before the egg freezing process begins, Dr. Chang monitors your cycle then chooses the optimal time to start. Once you reach an optimal point in your cycle, he uses special medications that stimulate your ovaries to produce an ideal number of eggs and prompts them to mature. 

Once your eggs have matured, Dr. Chang extracts them while you’re under conscious sedation. Using imagery from a sonogram for guidance, he directs a needle through your vaginal wall and into the ovarian follicle to retrieve your eggs — often 10-15 per anticipated pregnancy attempt or cycle.

From there, your eggs are stored and frozen until it’s time for fertilization. Most people can get back to usual daily activities within a week of egg retrieval. 

When you decide to use your frozen eggs later to become pregnant, your chance of achieving it is about 30%-60%, depending on factors such as your age when your eggs were frozen. The younger you were at the time, the better your odds are.

Reasons to freeze your eggs

Choosing to freeze your eggs is a very personal decision and one that may stem from a range of factors. A few common reasons to freeze your eggs include:

To learn more about egg freezing or to get started with the process, call Noble Fertility Center or schedule an appointment with Dr. Chang through our website. We would love to help you meet your family planning goals, including the timing that works best for your life.

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