The Egg Freezing Program at Chicago IVF helps women delay motherhood due to health or personal reasons. Women can freeze and store their eggs, so they are not restricted by their fleeting reproductive biological clocks. There are a wide variety of circumstances where egg freezing might serve as a viable solution. These include
- Women who will be undergoing radiation, chemotherapy or face surgery, or women who will be on medications that destroy ovarian function;
- Women who are participating in in vitro fertilization and have a moral/religious objection to freezing embryos that may never be used;
- Women who are single, have professional obligations, or are not ready to start a family with their significant other.
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The fertility preservation process begins with the same hormone-injection process as in vitro fertilization (IVF). Once the eggs are retrieved and mature, they are prepared for vitrification process and instantaneously exposed to Liquid Nitrogen at very low temperature.
This process allows our patients to bank their eggs and prolong their fertility to a time that makes the most sense for them.
Women who are interested in this new and exciting way to control their fertility are encouraged to contact us today to learn more.
Additional information that describes the process step by step:
- Ovulation will be induced using medication to stimulate multiple egg production in the patient.
- The patient will have blood samples collected and undergo ovarian ultrasound examination.
- Treatment control and modification will be performed at Chicago-IVF. Patient will be required to visit our center until the clinician will identify the time to trigger ovulation and schedule the egg retrieval procedure.
- After 2 hours post egg retrieval procedure, the embryologist will identify the eggs suitable for cryopreservation and the eggs will then be cryopreserved.
- Cryopreservation involves vitrification of mature eggs at – 196 °C to maintain the cells viable for future fertilization and transfer. The cryopreserved eggs could stay at the frozen state indifferently.
- To proceed with Embryo Transfer, the patient must undergo pre-treatment evaluation to receive cycle start date.
- Administration of hormones to prepare the uterine lining for embryo transfer will be administered by injection or vaginally according to established protocols for uterine preparation.
- The patient will have blood samples collected and undergo ovarian ultrasound examination to identify the time for embryo transfer.
- Once the cryopreserved eggs have been thawed, the husband/partner /or a sperm donor will provide a fresh or frozen sperm specimen to inseminate the eggs by intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
- The fertilized eggs will be cultured in the laboratory for five days and the best embryo(s) will be selected for Embryo Transfer Procedure (ET) and transferred to patient.
- The remaining after ET embryos will be cryopreserved according to established protocols and will remain in cryo storage at CIVF for future use.