With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, many future mothers may begin to think about their own fertility. While some may be in the right timeframe now to get pregnant and have a child, there are many women– single and committed–that are not quite ready to get pregnant.
However, thanks to advances in fertility preservation options, Dr. Susan Hudson with Fertility Institute of Texas can help women in their 20s and early 30s preserve their eggs until they are ready to have a baby.
Vitrification, a new freezing process, allows egg preservation for women– single, partnered, or married—that gives them freedom from worrying about their biological clocks.
How an Egg Freezing Cycle Works
The egg freezing process includes a cycle of injectable fertility medications. Dr. Hudson at the Fertility Institute of Texas closely monitors the fertility treatment cycle to stimulate egg production. Dr. Hudson will track the progress of follicle growth in response to fertility medications. Each follicle contains a developing egg that, after an average of 10 days of stimulation, will be ready for retrieval.
Once Dr. Hudson determines that the follicles are large enough to indicate good egg growth, you will visit the Fertility Institute of Texas IVF center for the egg retrieval process. Egg retrieval is performed under anesthesia, and usually takes only 15 to 20 minutes.
After the eggs have been retrieved, they are frozen, also known as cryopreservation, with a quick-freeze process known as vitrification. Once frozen, the eggs can be stored at a cryobank until you are ready to move forward with your family plans through IVF, in-vitro fertilization.
A woman wanting to freeze her eggs for the future needs to consider that timing is important; the recommended time to freeze eggs is before the age of 35.
Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients
Egg freezing is also an important option for women that have been diagnosed with cancer or other chronic conditions that can harm fertility. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, it is important to let your oncologist know that you are interested in fertility preservation and to expeditiously contact a reproductive endocrinologist a.
Contact the Fertility Institute of Texas by calling (830) 608-8004 to schedule an initial consultation today.