Egg Freezing

If you’re interested in preserving your fertility, the best place to start is understanding the facts.

You deserve the facts

We are all different. But some facts and averages can help you understand your present — so you can better prepare for your future.

We are born with all the eggs we will ever have

The quality and quantity of our eggs declines with age

There are ways to measure your ovarian reserve

Freezing eggs is the way of the future

Freezing eggs is like freezing time

You’ll never be more fertile than you are today

Freezing eggs doesn’t affect your ability to get pregnant naturally

Using frozen eggs is safe

Egg freezing works

How egg freezing works

One egg freezing cycle takes around two weeks from the day you start medication to your egg retrieval. It’s important to note that two or more cycles may be needed for enough eggs to be retrieved. Since everyone’s individual experience is unique, the specific days included below are averages.

Step I

Fertility Assessment

To help you make a more informed decision about whether to freeze your eggs, a fertility specialist will start off with an assessment of your fertility through an Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) test. AMH, a hormone released by the growing cells in your ovaries, is measured to provide a sense of your current egg reserve.

Step II

Personalized Plan

Once your results are returned, a certified reproductive endocrinologist will recommend a personalized plan. A few more tests may be recommended before beginning the stimulation process.

Your fertility care team will help you understand how to administer the at-home hormone injections involved in the stimulation process.

Step III
(Day 1–13)

Stimulation Process

You’ll be giving yourself small at-home hormone injections to stimulate your ovaries, so they can grow more eggs.

Throughout this protocol - usually 10-14 days - you’ll come in for regular scans and blood tests to monitor your response to the drugs and adjust your dosage as necessary.

When your hormones and follicles are at the right levels, a fertility specialist will provide you with a trigger injection, which allows your eggs to complete maturation and start the ovulation process. This happens about 36 hours before your egg retrieval.

Step IV
(Day 14)

Egg Retrieval

You’ll be sedated for about 10-15 minutes while a physician collects your eggs. You may be a little sore afterward, but the majority of women resume normal activities the next day.

Your retrieved eggs will be evaluated and cryopreserved by an embryologist the same day.