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Egg Freezing Services in Tennessee
Whether you’re waiting for the right time or you’re trying to get pregnant with IVF, social egg freezing helps women and families have a baby on their terms.
There Are Many Reasons to Freeze Your Eggs
Women choose to freeze their eggs for a variety of reasons. Some choose to freeze their eggs because they’re not ready to have a child just yet, while others do it out of medical necessity, such as a cancer diagnosis or they want to try in vitro fertilization (IVF). At Tennessee Fertility Institute, we welcome anyone who wants to plan their family on their own terms.
The Benefits of Freezing Your Eggs
The main benefit of egg freezing is you get to preserve your fertility for later use, whether that’s by you or for someone else, such as a surrogate. Other possible benefits include:
What is Egg Freezing?
Egg freezing, also called oocyte cryopreservation or social freezing, is a method of preserving a woman’s fertility for future use. Women are born with an average of 1 to 2 million oocytes or eggs and cannot make more. Each month, the number of viable eggs declines and by puberty, only 300,000 to 400,000 eggs remain. By 30, women have approximately 100,000 to 150,000 eggs remaining.
Egg freezing halts this process. While the body continues to age, the age at which the eggs are retrieved remains the same. They are cryopreserved and kept on ice until they’re ready to be used to make a baby!
The egg can then be fertilized using in vitro fertilization, where a fertility specialist fertilizes the egg outside of the body, screens it for chromosomal abnormalities and then implants it into the uterus in hopes of a successful pregnancy.
The Egg Freezing Process Explained
The egg freezing process typically involves four steps, which typically take around 6 weeks. This can be shorter or longer depending on the plan you and your doctor discuss.
Initial Consultation and Testing
The decision to freeze your eggs can be difficult. Our doctors at Tennessee Fertility Institute will go over the benefits, any potential side effects and what you can expect from the procedure.
The doctor will then order fertility tests to estimate how many eggs they will be able to retrieve when it’s time. The timing for when you take the tests depends on your menstrual cycle, along with other factors such as if you’re taking birth control.
Hormone Injections and Medication
Your doctor will then have you take fertility medication (often in the form of injections) that will stimulate the ovaries so that multiple eggs from your ovarian reserve are released at one time. When you begin your injections, you’ll also come in so we can monitor your progress. We typically do this through blood tests and transvaginal ultrasounds, which we try to make as easy as possible.
Finally, once your doctor sees the follicles are large enough, they will have you take the final injection called a trigger shot. And yes, you’re almost there!
Surgery and Egg Retrieval
Once you take the trigger shot, it will typically be 36 hours until your doctor performs surgery to retrieve the eggs. The great thing about this procedure is that it typically takes under an hour and you don’t have to go “under.” Our doctors will typically use a local anesthetic.
The surgery is an outpatient procedure, so you’ll be able to go home shortly after. However, it may take a few days to recover fully. Once that happens, you can go back to your normal activities.
Freeze Your Eggs
Once the doctor retrieves your eggs, an embryologist will identify the mature eggs and cryopreserve them using a process called vitrification, which uses liquid nitrogen to flash freeze the eggs to reduce the chance of ice crystals forming.
Once frozen, your eggs will then be moved to storage, where we’ll keep them until you’re ready to use them or donate them to another aspiring family.
Keep in mind that while this process identifies mature eggs, it does not guarantee healthy eggs. This is why doctors aim to retrieve multiple eggs in the hopes that one or more results in a successful and healthy pregnancy.
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