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Egg freezing at PFCLA

Freezing eggs to preserve your fertility is increasingly popular, especially for women who intend on waiting longer to add to their family. Discover this state-of-the-art procedure to extend your fertility longevity, available at PFCLA clinics in Los Angeles and Glendale.

Egg freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation, is a technique used to harvest eggs from your ovaries which is then stored for future use. If egg freezing fits your goals and lifestyle, your doctor can help you determine if this option is right for you and discuss the potential risks associated with this egg preservation process.

Considerations for freezing your eggs

There are several reasons why you would consider freezing your eggs. Here are some of examples of why women do so:

  • You're currently undergoing cancer treatments or are going through a similar situation that will decrease your future fertility potential.
  • You’re not ready to have children, but would like the option to use your eggs in the future.
  • You’re currently undergoing In Vitro Fertilization, and would prefer egg freezing to embryo freezing due to religious or personal reasons.

The egg preservation process

If freezing eggs is an option you or your partner would like to consider, the three main steps below are what can be expected from this process:

  1. Your doctor will require you or your partner to take medications orally to stimulate egg development and self-administer injections to mitigate premature ovulation. This process is also known as ovarian stimulation.
    Note: Your doctor will ask you or your partner to take part in frequent monitoring, which includes vaginal ultrasounds and blood work.
  2. Your doctor will then ask you or your partner to undergo a procedure that harvests the eggs, called egg retrieval.
    Note: The procedure is conducted under sedation and you may feel some discomfort such as cramps or feel a pressure for the next couple of weeks from enlarged ovaries. 
  3. Once the unfertilized eggs are harvested, they are then frozen to preserve them for your future until you are ready to go through with pregnancy.
    Note: Our practice uses vitrification to freeze your eggs (a faster and more commonly used procedure)

If you freeze your eggs at an older age, the risks of miscarriages will increase.

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Research to date has yet to discover the successes of pregnancies established from frozen eggs compared to frozen embryos. Therefore, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine still considers egg freezing to be experimental and requires practices to perform this procedure under the auspices of an investigational protocol.

Costs associated with egg freezing at PFCLA

In addition to reproductive services, you have access to a wide range of other services, such as insurance referral and financial planning. As part of our fertility preservation payment option, you have the opportunity to use egg freezing for up to three cycles. 

Learn more about the associated costs with egg freezing by visiting our page on treatment costs.

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Options to consider after freezing your eggs

When you’re ready for pregnancy, your doctor will sit down with you to discuss options you can consider for conception. Below are some of the services you can consider after egg freezing.

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Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)

ICSI is an advanced procedure whereby a single sperm cell is injected directly into the egg for fertilization. A real breakthrough in fertility technology if you or your male partner suffer from male infertility issues.

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In vitro fertilization  (IVF)

IVF is an advanced form of assisted reproductive technology that helps infertile women and couples conceive. Through IVF, eggs are manually fertilized using a sperm sample from a woman’s partner or donor.

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Preimplantation genetic screening (PGD/PGS/PGT-A)

Give your baby the best start of a new life through a precise screening of your embryo(s) before your embryo transfer. This test determines potential risks of genetically transmitted diseases and chromosomal abnormalities

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Choose a fertility clinic that leads the way in innovation

As one of the first IVF clinics in the world, we have strong relationships with some of the oldest egg donation agencies in the world. Schedule a consultation to learn more about preserving your fertility with egg freezing.