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Why would I undergo Fertility Preservation or Oocyte (Egg) Freezing?

Deciding when to start a family is a personal decision for every woman.  Many times women do not know they have a fertility problem until they try to become pregnant.  However, in certain circumstances a woman may be made aware that her fertility is in jeopardy.  One example might be a patient that is about to undergo chemotherapy or radiation therapy, both of which are known to negatively impact reproductive potential.  Additionally, fertility preservation creates options for those women who choose to delay pregnancy for personal reasons, career aspirations, travel demands or relationship building.

What is egg freezing?

Egg freezing for fertility preservation is a similar process to IVF.  The difference occurs following the egg retrieval; the patient’s egg is frozen after retrieval and preserved rather than fertilized.  Once the eggs are preserved they will not age while frozen.  Egg freezing allows patients to preserve eggs at a younger age for use in the future. 

How do you retrieve my eggs?

After meeting with one of our physicians, you will undergo the process of stimulation and retrieval similar to that of an IVF cycle.  Fertility medications are used to stimulate the development of multiple ovarian follicles and induce ovulation.  Before the eggs are released from the ovaries, they are retrieved using a procedure known as ultrasound guided transvaginal aspiration.  Using this procedure, the eggs are removed, along with follicular fluid and prepared for freezing.

How are my eggs preserved?

Once the eggs are collected they are examined and mixed with a cryoprotectant solution before undergoing vitrification.  Vitrification is a revolutionary technology that rapidly cools the eggs (like being flash frozen) to prevent the formation of ice crystals.  Once the eggs have reached the appropriate temperature, they are transferred to long term storage where they will be kept in liquid nitrogen until they are ready to be used.

What happens when I am ready to become pregnant?

When you are ready to attempt pregnancy, your frozen egg will be thawed.  After thawing, the eggs are examined and those that have survived the freezing process will be prepared for fertilization using either standard invitro fertilization techniques or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).  The resulting embryos are then transferred into the uterus for implantation.

I will be undergoing treatment for cancer, should I preserve my eggs?

Often times chemotherapy and radiation treatment are toxic to a woman’s ovaries and may damage her eggs, resulting in diminished future fertility potential.  Freezing a woman’s eggs or embryos created with sperm from her partner or an anonymous donor, allows her the chance to have a genetic child in the future.  We understand the time constraints and emotional stress of patients facing cancer treatment.  We offer expedited, compassionate care at a discounted rated for those patients seeking fertility preservation before their cancer treatment.

What are the costs?

REACH offers a Fertility Preservation package for $9,100* that includes all the necessary appointments and monitoring to complete 1 cycle. (Depending on insurance coverage, you could pay even less)  Our package includes:

  • Fertility Preservation Consultation
  • Cycle day 2 ultrasound and bloodwork
  • Stim Start- includes monitoring, retrieval and cryo (freezing)

*the package price does NOT include anesthesia, medications or storage.

How can I get started?

Please contact REACH to schedule a consultation today or select this link to request an appointment.