You have big plans for your life - being a mom, building a career, maybe traveling. But you might not see these things happening in that order. If having a family is something you want, just not right now, you have options.
They say 40 is the new 30. That may be true in terms of how we look and feel, but when it comes to a woman’s eggs, time does not move backward. As you get closer to 40, your eggs become less viable and your ability to get pregnant, naturally, diminishes. With oocyte cryopreservation, or egg freezing, you can take advantage of your biological clock in its prime and, essentially, put your eggs on ice until the time and circumstances are right for you to start a family. SpringCreek can guide you through this process and help you keep your reproductive window open longer. It’s your life. Live it in the order that works for you.
How Egg Freezing Works
Step 1. Preparing your ovaries
During your next menstrual cycle, you will begin taking medication to optimize your ovaries for fertility drugs.
Step 2. Producing the eggs
You will administer fertility drug injections for 10-12 days to stimulate your ovaries to make eggs. You will also be seen by our reproductive team for 3-6 ultrasounds and blood tests. Typical results are largely dependent on the patient's age.
Step 3. Retrieving the eggs
We will surgically extract mature eggs during an outpatient procedure at our office.
Step 4. Freezing & storing the eggs
We use a method called vitrification, sometimes referred to as snap freezing. This process rapidly lowers the eggs’ temperature and halts the aging process. Eggs are kept in a liquid nitrogen storage chamber at our facility until they are moved for long-term storage at a cryobank.
Step 5. Thawing the eggs
Three or more months before you want to use your eggs, contact the SpringCreek office to start planning for the thawing, fertilization and implantation process.
Egg Freezing Costs*
Egg freezing requires a significant financial investment:
- $6,000 per treatment cycle (includes initial negative pregnancy test, egg retrieval, freezing, and one year of storage)
- $2,800-$5,000 per cycle for fertility medications (costs depend on dosing, which varies from patient to patient)
*You may have insurance coverage for medications so check with your provider to determine what your plan offers. There are also several discount programs available, including for public sector employees.
Egg Freezing Results & Candidates
- Excellent Results
Ages 35 and younger
- Good Results
- Fair Results Ages
- Marginal Results
- Noneligible Candidates*
*There are programs that will freeze your eggs if you are newer than 40, but there are no reports that such freezing offers a reasonable chance for success.
From Our Patients
“They are very thorough with answers to my questions and never make me feel stupid for asking. They have made this not so wonderful situation a very positive experience.”
“The kindness, care, and compassion that everyone consistently displays is certainly appreciated during what can sometimes be a stressful process.”
“They make you feel that you are their only patient and they want nothing more than to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.”