The modern-day’s career woman is spending her 20s and 30s climbing up the career ladder, working to attain financial stability as economic times are tough, or to pursue their education. The pursuit of their goals makes them decide to postpone childbearing until later in life. For some women, the delay in having children is due to illnesses. However, you can’t postpone biology, which results in a decline in their fertility.
Sher facility solution is a go-to facility when you are looking for egg-freezing New York City. We partner with you to proactively protect your reproductive health until you are ready to have children.
So here is how we do it.
Preparing For The Procedure
You will meet a reproductive endocrinologist (REI) who will carry out a comprehensive evaluation of you. The REI will take your medical history, conduct blood work and test your fertility hormone levels, then perform a physical exam and a vaginal ultrasound to check your ovarian reserve.
After evaluation, you and the doctor will discuss the egg-freezing process and develop your stimulation protocol. Also, at this stage, you will meet a nurse to discuss how to mix your medications and take them, then look at your calendar and the estimated time to carry out the retrieval process.
Stimulation And Monitoring
It is the stage for ovarian follicle stimulation. Here, you get injected with medications that help synchronize your follicles for them to start simultaneously. After completing the medication process, you go through evaluation through ultrasound and blood tests. Then you will have more injections to hinder ovulation.
At this time, your ovaries enlarge; your clinic will advise you against vigorous activities to prevent ovarian torsion. More monitoring will still occur, after which you will get a trigger shot of HCG hormone to enhance final egg maturation 36 hours before retrieval.
Egg Retrieval And Recovery
Egg retrieval is when the egg “is harvested.” First, you get an IV started after your arrival to administer sedation medications so that you can fall asleep and have initial pain relief following the procedure.
The nurse will give you propofol anesthesia, enabling you to sleep throughout the process, but you will be breathing independently. The doctor will then access your follicle guided by the ultrasound using a vaginal probe with a needle.
The doctor will insert the needle into the follicles to aspirate the fluid into the tubes; then, the embryologist will search for the eggs through the liquid and incubate them to mature. After this 10 to 20-minute process, the specialists will send you to the recovery room.
The recovery process takes about 30 to 60 minutes before you go home to rest and recover. After 24 hours, the number of mature frozen eggs will be precise. You may experience light spotting, constipation, bloating, and cramping at home, which should not worry you unless they get severe.
A few hours later, there will be vitrification which only involves freezing the matured eggs. Vitrification is rapidly freezing eggs in liquid nitrogen at 196 degrees to prevent ice crystals from forming so they can have a high survival rate.
After The Procedure
When you are prepared to get pregnant, we thaw the eggs and fertilize them with sperm inside a lab for you, then implant them in your uterus or that of a gestational carrier.
The ovarian reserve changes as age progresses, affecting the number of eggs specialists retrieve. Women are different; that’s why they vary in the number of eggs. The number of eggs they have decreases as they age, but the level they decrease differs from woman to woman, which is why some of them may have a steep decline in the number of eggs, while for others, the fall may be a gradual process.
For a good chance of live birth, there are guidelines to follow on frozen eggs. If the specialists freeze only one egg, there are very slim chances of it resulting in a live birth. On the other hand, if more eggs are frozen, either through having one retrieval or additional rounds, the chances of eventually having a live birth will increase.
If the patient undergoing the procedure is 35 years, she has a 70 percent chance of having a live birth after freezing more than nine mature eggs. For a woman in her early 40s to have the same likelihood, she will have to freeze about 28 or more eggs.
It means the younger you are when freezing your eggs, the more likely you will receive the best results.