Egg Freezing – Process, Safety & Results | RSMC Fertility Clinic

Hello, I’m Dr. David Harari. I’m the president and co-founder of Reproductive Sciences Medical Center. I want to take the opportunity today to talk to you about some exciting new technology
that’s available for women to empower themselves to preserve
their own fertility potential. Whether women busy with school or finding themselves not in a social position to have the right partner to start a family with, whether
they have economic concerns and have to devote most of their time to their job
or perhaps they’re pursuing furthering their education. Many women have a reason
to delay child bear. What egg freezing does is, it provides the technology to empower women to take control of their own reproductive health. And why is that
important? Well it’s important because a woman’s eggs begin to lose their
fertility potential after age 35. And so by recognizing this fact and acting upon
it, women now have the ability to harvest their own eggs or freeze their own eggs
and keep those egg’s fertility potential intact for a later date when those women
decide that they want to create a family. This process is called egg freezing and
we’re going to talk to you today about some of the details
surrounding egg freezing. Egg freezing is a wonderful
new technology that we have. It allows us to collect the eggs now,
freeze them for storage and use them later to create a pregnancy at a
time that is both convenient and appropriate. Hello, I’m Dr. Freije. Hi, nice to meet you my name is Sarah. Dr. Freije: Okay, well welcome.
Sarah: Thank you. Dr. Freije: So you’re interested in
egg freezing is that what I hear? Sarah: Yeah, right now I’m 28 years old,
a graduate from law school and I’m really looking to fast-track my career.
So creating family’s not really on my mind right now and I heard a little bit about
egg freezing and you know looking to learn a little bit more about it to see
if it’s something that I’d be interested in pursuing. Dr. Freije: Well I think that’s
wonderful that you’re looking at all your options at this point because this
is the optimal time to freeze your eggs. As women age, fertility rates go down
most especially after 35. So you being 28, would be an ideal candidate to
bank your eggs for the future. Note that as women age, fertility success rates go down so the best time
to collect your eggs is in the 20s and early 30s. One of the myths that I hear
very often is that, this egg freezing process is going to take too
much time out of my busy schedule. But in fact there’s very little preparation
that needs to be done in the months prior to an egg freezing cycle. And in
fact the stimulation cycle only takes 10 to 14 days. Dr. Minh: Many patients must read about the
advantage of egg freezing. The stimulation take only 10 to 14 days
before you’re ready for the egg retrieval. As a matter of fact the egg retrieval
itself could take only 20 minutes on average. You would be put under anesthesia for comfort and after that you would be discharged home quickly. The recovery after that – virtually
painless and takes only 24 hours. Sarah: Tell me how you do it? Dr. Freije: Well, the ovaries contain follicles and in those follicles are eggs. And each month you drop one egg and that’s what allows the
women to get pregnant once a month. What we do is we give fertility medications
that get many follicles – and then we follow the people with ultrasounds and
the blood work and we know when they are mature and ready to be collected. At that
point we have a very painless surgery all under anesthesia you won’t feel
a thing and we collect the eggs. So we’ve been discussing egg freezing and
preserving fertility and now you’ve made your decision that you want to freeze your
eggs. So what really is important in helping you determine where you’re going
to go to have this process take place. Well, obviously the physicians that do the stimulation cycles need to have a lot of experience, they need to take great care in selecting the right medications needed for the stimulation cycle. Additionally, it’s important for the IVF center
to have an excellent laboratory associated with it. Like we have here at
Reproductive Sciences Medical Center. Our laboratory is a state-of-the-art laboratory
using all the best rapid-freezing techniques for the harvested eggs that we receive and the
storage of those eggs indefinitely to allow you to have access to them for
many years to come. Some of the concerns have been the degradation of
the egg of fertility and by the freezing process we were able to preserve that
egg’s ability to fertilize. Although egg freezing is becoming very popular, it’s important that when you
select your program you go to a program that has all these levels of expertise
available a good communication between departments and overall management to
allow the optimal results to be obtained. And for you as a patient to preserve
your fertility potential for the future and empower you in the ability to create
a family on your own terms when you want to happen. Thank you.

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