Advances in the ability to freeze a woman’s eggs have led to a relatively new option called fertility preservation. Dr. Mark Denker with Palm Beach Fertility Center in Boca Raton, FL. explains that the technique enables women ages 20s to early 30s to freeze their eggs until they are ready to have a family.
How Does Fertility Preservation Work?
Fertility preservation involves a fertility treatment cycle of super ovulation followed by egg retrieval. More and more fertility clinics associated with an accredited IVF lab offer this option for women of who are delaying starting a family, and women with a medical necessity for fertility preservation. Palm Beach Fertility Center works with both men and women seeking options for preserving their fertility.
Egg freezing typically takes only a few weeks and involves a combination of oral and injectable fertility medications.
- A fertility specialist like Dr. Denker will oversee the fertility treatment cycle, closely monitoring follicle and egg development via ultrasound and blood testing.
- When it is time for egg retrieval, you will visit a fertility center for an in-office procedure performed under anesthesia.
- Eggs are then cryopreserved (frozen) and stored at a cryobank, or an IVF lab like the one at Palm Beach Fertility Center.
There is a monthly or annual fee to store frozen eggs, which are eventually used in a cycle of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI).
Who is a Candidate for Fertility Preservation?
- Fertility preservation provides a safety net for women facing a rheumatologic diagnosis, or pending cancer treatment that can damage the reproductive system.
- Couples in the armed forces also consider fertility preservation prior to overseas deployment.
- Women focused on career or educational goals may consider fertility preservation until they are ready to start a family.
If you are considering fertility preservation, timing is important. When you call a fertility clinic, let the scheduling staff know your situation, especially if you have been recently diagnosed with cancer. Palm Beach Fertility Center prioritizes fertility preservation cases that are time-sensitive.
Contact us today to discuss your fertility options in detail!