Freeze Your Eggs at our Premier Egg Freezing Clinic

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.

Why freeze your eggs?

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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Frequently Asked Questions

QIs future fertility affected by stimulating ovaries for egg freezing?


Research suggests there is no impact on fertility after a woman has had eggs frozen for fertility preservation. Egg freezing process will not diminish the egg follicle production. Thus, women that have had their eggs frozen will still be able to get pregnant naturally. Hear the explanation in the video below by Dr. Mark Surrey, M.D., Medical Director and co-founder of Southern California Reproductive Center.

QWhat are the benefits of egg freezing?


Egg freezing enables women to preserve their eggs for future pregnancy.

QWhat is the success rate of freezing eggs and embryos?


For frozen eggs from women under 35 years old, the success rate can be around about 40-60%, according to Dr. Hal Danzer, MD. The success rate in pregnancy through the egg freezing process is as high as with in-vitro fertilization.

QIs egg freezing safe?


Egg freezing is extremely safe. We have been doing the egg preservation for the past 20 years and a lot of advancements in technology and methodology have been made. The egg production stimulant has been available for 30 years and proven to be safe. Dr. Hal Danzer, MD claims the egg retrieval takes only 15 minutes and it is safer than driving a car. Complications are very unusual.

QDuring the egg freezing cycle, is exercise or workout permitted?


Women need to limit exercise and any aerobic activities when there are large numbers of follicles produced and when the follicles become mature.

QIs there an ideal age to be a gestational surrogate?


Women in their 20-30s are ideal to be surrogate mothers, especially if they have had successful pregnancy before with generally easy delivery and no complications.

QWhat factors influence the success rate of pregnancy from frozen eggs?


The egg quality itself is crucial. Some factors that influence the success rate of pregnancy from frozen eggs are age, health condition, stress level. SCRC is a top fertility clinic with the highest pregnancy rate.

QHow successful is egg freezing?


The fertilization rate of frozen eggs has been significantly improved with the rapid freezing method or cryo-vitrification. The fertilization rate and pregnancy rates of those eggs are pretty similar to an embryo would be.

QWhat is the ideal number of eggs for retrieval?


A good number of retrieved eggs will be about 12 eggs. It will be nice to have 15 or 16 eggs. However, the number of eggs retrieved can vary from 3 up to 40, depending on the women’s age and health.

QHow many eggs should be frozen?


For women in the early 30s, it is recommended to have about 6 eggs frozen. Women in the late 30s might need about 8-10 eggs. On average, you will get 1 out of 4 eggs to be a high-quality embryo. On average, women can generate the eggs needed for the rapid freezing process in 2 cycles. The frozen egg can be used for the second child as well.

QWhen should a woman consider freezing her eggs?


Ideally, women should retrieve and preserve the egg in their early to mid 30s. We recommend women to start considering freezing their eggs as soon as possible to get the best quality of eggs.

QHow long will a woman’s frozen eggs last?


No one knows for sure how long a woman’s frozen eggs will last. But the eggs are in a state of suspended animation. The new technology of rapid freeze process (vitrification) takes the water out from the cell. The cell shrinks and becomes biologically inactive. This makes the eggs last for longer than 10 years, even might be up to 100 years.

QAfter having eggs retrieved for IVF or egg freezing, how long must a woman wait before she can repeat the procedure?


If you want to repeat the egg freezing procedure, you can do it as early as the following month.

QWho should freeze their eggs?


Women that would like to preserve their fertility should consider freezing their eggs.

QIs it possible to do egg freezing with cancer patients?


Patients diagnosed with cancer can do egg freezing. We work closely with oncologists to assist cancer patients that would like to preserve their fertility. Most oncologists allow the patients to have the egg freezing treatment before the cancer treatment.

QHow reliable is egg freezing?


Major advances in cryopreservation give women more options than ever before with little room for error. We have seen success in egg freezing and later fertilization even with eggs retrieved from women aged around early 40s.

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