Fertility preservation and egg freezing in Texas
Sometimes there are events in a man’s or a woman’s life that may make sperm or egg cryopreservation a necessity to protect the ability to have his/her own baby in the future. Whether it is a deployment overseas, a cancer or rheumatologic diagnosis that requires medications that could harm egg or sperm function, or a desire to delay child-bearing to a later time in life that could result in a decreased chance of successful pregnancy, we are here to help you.
Dr. Hudson is happy to discuss your personal options in fertility preservation. We understand that this can be a time-sensitive subject, especially if you have upcoming medical therapy or military deployment. If you are interested in fertility preservation, please mention this when you make your appointment.
Egg freezing for fertility preservation
Egg freezing is a way for a woman to preserve her reproductive ability until the time is right to start a family. Egg freezing, or oocyte cryopreservation, is the process of cooling cells and tissues to sub-zero temperatures to stop biologic activity and allow the eggs to be preserved for later use. The technology has advanced to the point that it is no longer considered experimental.
Egg freezing method
At Texas Fertility Center of New Braunfels, oocyte cryopreservation is performed using a process called vitrification.
- Vitrification uses high concentrates of cryoprotectants and ultra-rapid cooling to prevent ice crystal development within the cells.
- Vitrification provides the highest quality cryopreserved eggs for future use.
Candidates for egg freezing
The reasons a woman may want to use egg freezing technology include:
- Preserving eggs prior to cancer or other medical therapy that may be damaging to the ovaries
- Before surgical removal of the ovaries
- When there is reduced ovarian reserve
- To ensure available eggs for IVF procedures
- To delay childbearing due to personal choices, such as work, school or other obligations
- When there are religious or moral objections to storing frozen embryos
Women under age 30 are considered the best candidates for egg freezing, and success rates decline with advancing age. The process starts with screening for infectious diseases and ovarian reserve tests, followed by ovulation induction to produce eggs for retrieval. When a woman is ready to begin her family, the frozen eggs are thawed and fertilized in the lab and implanted in the uterus.
Dr. Hudson and the team at Texas Fertility Center of New Braunfels are experts in egg freezing and fertility preservation. Call today to find out more.