One of the most significant developments in reproductive technology is cryo-vitrification 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 confident knowing they are being cared for by highly experienced professionals. All necessary and related services are provided in our Beverly Hills/Los Angeles and Santa Barbara locations, with monitoring offered in our satellite offices. Frozen eggs storage is offered for a nominal annual fee at ART Reproductive Center, located within our center.
Oocyte cryopreservation is considered to be an approved procedure for fertility preservation by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.
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