Oocyte Cryopreservation - Stopping the Biological Clock
HRC Fertility Rancho Cucamonga has been at the forefront in developing new techniques to freeze eggs. Fertility preservation (egg freezing) allows women to delay childbearing by using some of the same technologies perfected with IVF. Egg freezing prevents eggs from aging which helps minimize the loss of fertility that often occurs when women age. For most women, fertility loss starts in their late twenties and rapidly accelerates as they reach their mid-thirties. HRC Fertility’s research has helped make egg freezing a viable option for women looking to safeguard their reproductive options.
Oocyte cryopreservation gives women the option of delaying childbearing until they are ready to have children. This includes women who have not yet found a partner or who are simply not ready. Freezing eggs is currently the best option available when it comes to preserving fertility. By freezing her eggs, a woman is essentially safeguarding the potential of her eggs for the future. Eggs frozen from a 30-year-old woman will always function as if they came from a 30-year old, even if they are not used for another 10 to 15 years.
Egg freezing is especially important for women who undergo therapies that will destroy their ovaries, such as cancer chemotherapy or radiation. Prior to therapy, eggs can be retrieved and frozen for use at a later date.
Because the membrane surrounding the egg, the zona pellucida, is more fragile than the embryonic membrane, embryos are less likely to rupture during the freezing process. A fast freeze specialized technique called vitrification must be used to protect the integrity of the egg while it is being frozen.
For more information about egg freezing, please contact us at (909) 941-1120 or by simply filling out our online form.