At the Providence Fertility Center, we understand that women may not be ready to start a family for any number of reasons, and we know all too well the challenges that women face when their eggs are beyond their prime and fertility is not successful without assistance.
Fortunately for many women, egg freezing provides the security and confidence that they can proactively protect their ability to have children when they are ready.
A simple blood test can provide information about your ovarian reserve and your chances of getting pregnant in the future. For women in their early 30s, it’s a good opportunity to establish a baseline if you anticipate delaying pregnancy into the future.
Choosing to freeze your eggs is a unique way to preserve your reproduction capabilities until you are ready to become a parent. It allows you to pause your biological clock while you do other things in life, without taking away your capability of becoming a parent.
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There are many reasons why a woman could choose to freeze her eggs:
- She is in her reproductive prime but has not yet found a partner
- She would like to focus on her career without losing her fertility
- She has recently been diagnosed with cancer and wants to freeze her eggs before treatment
- She has a family history of early menopause
- She wishes to delay childbearing for any reason
The process to freeze your eggs is simple and only takes about two weeks from beginning to end. The first step is to have a consultation with one of our Providence facility physicians. During this time, you will have a physical examination, a blood test, and a pelvic ultrasound. Your physician will also be able to answer any questions you might have about the process.
For about ten or so days, you will take fertility drugs that will encourage your body to produce several eggs at one time. Ultrasounds and blood tests will be used during this time to monitor the growth of the eggs. At the end of this period, you will receive a hormone shot to help your eggs reach full maturation.
You will then come in to the facility and have your eggs removed. This is a small procedure that only requires minor local anesthesia. At that time, your eggs will then be frozen until you determine you are ready to use them. You may also choose to combine your eggs with sperm and freeze the resulting embryos, thus increasing your chances later on of conceiving.
To find out more about fertility screening, egg freezing or to contact someone from our Providence fertility center, please visit our comprehensive egg freezing website at www.fertilitytrust.com
We look forward to partnering with you on your journey to parenthood.