Egg freezing allows women to preserve their fertility by having their eggs frozen and stored. You may benefit from elective egg freezing if you know you want to start or expand your family but the time is just not right. There may also be medical reasons in which egg freezing can be used to preserve a woman's fertility in cases of cancer or for women who want to preserve her eggs before her fertility is lost or declines due to advancing age.
The process of egg freezing is similar to in vitro fertilization. Fertility medications are used to stimulate a woman's ovaries to make several eggs in one cycle. Your doctor will then surgically remove the eggs from the ovaries. At that point, the eggs are frozen and can stay that way for 10 years or more.
FCOC uses a cutting edge technology called vitrification to freeze eggs, which prevents the formation of ice crystals within the eggs. This method increases the chance of success during the freezing and thawing of the eggs.
To date, there has been more than 2,000 live births from frozen eggs, about 1,000 within the past 5 years. The chance of having a successful pregnancy from frozen eggs is greater for women who are younger at the time of egg freezing. Dr. Lin will be happy to discuss fertility preservation and if egg freezing is right for you.
Typically insurance does not cover elective egg freezing and storage. Our staff can review your fertility benefits to see if some costs may be covered.