One of the most significant developments in reproductive technology is cryo vitification of oocytes (eggs). This “flash-freezing” technique allows the delicate eggs to be frozen quickly enough to prevent damage.
This revolutionary technique that allows us to freeze and later thaw the eggs for use in IVF cycles offers women new options in fertility preservation.
Many women are delaying pregnancy until their late thirties and early forties. Often, they are surprised and distressed when they learn they no longer have eggs that will produce a pregnancy because they waited too long. They are in their early forties, they look great and feel great; they see celebrities having babies at forty-eight, and they are faced with deep disappointment. Cryo-Vitrification gives women the chance to freeze their eggs while younger, preserve their fertility, and reduce the chances of miscarriage and birth defects associated with “egg age.”
Radiation therapy, chemo and surgery can all cause infertility by destroying a woman’s eggs. Depending on the type of cancer being treated, egg freezing may be an option that gives a woman facing cancer the opportunity to preserve her fertility before she undergoes therapy.
Southern California Reproductive Center was among the first practices in the area to offer egg freezing using the cryo-vitrification technique to patients, and now, a few years later, we are seeing successful pregnancies as those patients return, ready to become pregnant.
When patients come to SCRC to have their eggs frozen, they can be confidence knowing they are being cared for by highly experienced professionals. All services are provided in our Beverly Hills location, with monitoring offered in our Santa Barbara, Ventura and Lancaster offices. We offer storage of the frozen eggs for a nominal annual fee at ART Reproductive Center, which is at our Center.
Oocyte cryopreservation is considered to be an experimental technique by The American Society of Reproductive Medicine.
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Call SCRC at 866-477-9982 or click here to contact us. Our friendly and attentive fertility consultants are standing by and ready to assist you!
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q Egg Freezing and Future Fertility A
Is future fertility affected by stimulating ovaries for egg freezing? Mark Surrey, M.D., Medical Director and co-founder of Southern California Reproductive Center says research suggests there is no impact on fertility after a woman has had eggs frozen for fertility preservation.
- Q Benefits of Egg Freezing on ABC 7 A
ABC7 Health Specialist Denise Dador talks to Dr. Mark Surrey, Medical Director and Co-founder of Southern California Reproductive Center about the benefits of egg freezing for fertility preservation.
- Q Future Fertility & Egg Freezing A
If a woman freezes her eggs to preserve her fertility while in her early 30's does she use so many eggs she cannot become pregnant naturally? Fertility specialist Dr. Mark Surrey, co-founder of Southern California Reproductive Center discusses whether egg freezing can impact future fertility.
- Q Egg Freezing Procedure A
Are there any risks to having eggs frozen? David Hill, Ph.D., Scientific Director of Southern California Reproductive Center says the procedure to retrieve eggs for freezing is very low risk..
- Q Egg Freezing Success Rate A
What is the success of freezing eggs and embryos? Fertility specialist Hal Danzer, M.D., co-founder of Southern California Reproductive Center, says that the science has advanced a great deal.
- Q How Many Eggs Should A Woman Freeze? A
How many eggs should a woman freeze? David Hill, Ph.D., Scientific Director of Southern California Reproductive Center says that depends on the age of the woman, because only a certain percentage of eggs selected for freezing will become embryos.
- Q Is Egg Freezing Safe A
How safe is it for a woman to freeze her eggs? Fertility specialist, Hal Danzer, M.D., co-founder of Southern California Reproductive Center says with cryo-vitrification, or "flash-freezing," eggs survive, and thrive, remarkably well.
- Q Egg Freezing & Exercise A
When a woman is undergoing an egg freezing cycle is exercise permitted? Fertility specialist Dr. Mark Surrey, co-founder of Southern California Reproductive Center outlines what can, and cannot be safely done during the egg freezing process
- Q The Ideal Age To Be A Surrogate A
Is there an ideal age to be a gestational surrogate? Fertility specialist Dr. Hal Danzer, co-founder of Southern California Reproductive Center has an answer that might surprise you.
- Q Egg Freezing Embryo Quality A
Dr. David Hill, the Scientific Director of Southern California Reproductive Center talks about rating the quality of embryos.
- Q Egg Freezing Techniques A
Southern California Reproductive Center uses the latest techniques in freezing a woman's eggs. Patients says it gives them more choices.
- Q How successful is egg freezing? A
How successful is egg freezing? Fertility expert Dr. Mark Surrey, co-founder of Southern California Reproductive Center says the new methods used in egg freezing make it very successful.
- Q What is the ideal number of egg for retrieval?A
How many of a woman's eggs should be retrieved for fertility preservation? Hal Danzer, M.D., co-founder of Southern California Reproductive Center says the number can vary from two to three eggs to nearly thirty. But Dr. Danzer says there is an optimal number for cryovitrification, or "flash freezing".
- Q How Many Eggs Should be FrozenA
How many eggs should a woman freeze? Fertility specialist Hal Danzer, MD, co-founder of Southern California Reproductive Center explains the optimal number of eggs.
- Q When should a woman consider freezing her eggs? A
When should a woman consider freezing her eggs? Fertility specialist Dr. Hal Danzer, co-founder of Southern California Reproductive Center discusses when a woman should make the decision to preserve her fertility and freeze her eggs.
- Q The Future of Frozen Eggs A
How long will a woman's frozen eggs last? Fertility specialist, Hal Danzer, MD, co-founder of Southern California Reproductive Center says no one knows for sure, but the eggs are in a state of suspended animation
- Q Repeat Egg Retrieval A
After having eggs retrieved for IVF or egg freezing, how long must a woman wait before she can repeat the procedure? Fertility specialist, Mark Surrey MD, co-founder of Southern California Reproductive Center, discusses the factors that influence how long the wait is for individual women.
- Q Best Age to Freeze Eggs?A
What is the optimal age for a woman to freeze her eggs? Dr. David Hill, the Scientific Director at Southern California Reproductive Center says when a woman is younger, her supply of healthy eggs is most plentiful.
- Q Who should freeze their eggs?A
Dr. Mark Surrey & Dr. Hal Danzer, co-founders of the Southern California Reproductive Center, discuss egg freezing.
- Q Cancer and egg freezingA
Dr. Mark Surrey discusses egg freezing options for patients that have been diagnosed with cancer.
- Q Fertility preservation advancesA
How reliable is egg freezing? Dr. Mark Surrey, Medical Director and Co-founder of Southern California Reproductive Center spoke with Channel 4 News about the major advances in cryopreservation that are giving women more options than ever before.
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