Egg Freeze Patient FAQs
Is egg freezing medically safe?
Though no longer needed, Carolina Conceptions has had Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval since 2010 to perform egg freezing on a trial basis. Carolina Conceptions has ongoing pregnancies and deliveries with patients who conceived with the use of frozen eggs.
Is there any reason I may NOT be a good candidate for egg freezing?
How old are the majority of the egg freezing patients at Carolina Conceptions?
Who chooses egg preservation most often?
- Young women who have either not found the right partner, or are currently career focused
- Couples who are ethically or religiously opposed to the freezing of human embryos during their IVF cycle
- Women with a cancer diagnosis who want to preserve their eggs and fertility prior to undergoing chemotherapy
What type of freezing method is used by Carolina Conceptions?
How many eggs should I expect to produce in an egg preservation cycle at Carolina Conceptions?
Of the eggs I freeze, how many should I expect will be usable in the future?
How much should I expect to spend on an egg preservation cycle, medications, and annual frozen egg storage fees?
Please call the office at (919) 782-5911 ext.110 for an estimate and information regarding medication assistance.
What are the steps in an egg preservation cycle?
- Physician Consult to discuss the process
- Blood Tests
- Nursing Class to learn how to give yourself injections of hormones
- Ovarian Stimulation begins once the ovaries are ready. You will give yourself injections of hormones to stimulate a group of eggs to develop in the ovaries. On average, 9 days of injections are required. During that time, about 4 visits are required in the office for ultrasounds and blood work to follow the response by the ovaries and adjust medication doses as needed.
- Egg Retrieval is performed under anesthesia because an ultrasound-guided needle is inserted into the ovaries to collect the eggs. The procedure only takes 10 minutes to complete. The eggs are frozen on that day.
How long does the egg preservation cycle take from consult to retrieval?
Will I need to go through this process more than once?
What Happens When I’m Ready to Use My Eggs in the Future?
Are some eggs ever lost in the warming process?
How many “tries” or cycles should I expect to get later from my frozen eggs?
Why should I choose Carolina Conceptions over the other fertility clinics in the area for egg preservation?
Though many clinics now offer egg freezing, Carolina Conceptions has the most experience and success with freezing and thawing techniques validated by Donor Egg Bank USA.If you think egg freezing sounds like the right choice for you, please call our office at (919) 782-5911 to schedule a consult with one of our physicians. We look forward to meeting you and helping you preserve your fertility for later, today.