Fertility preservation: A guide to egg freezing and patient story

In today’s fast-paced world, many women are seeking ways to balance their personal and professional aspirations with their fertility plans. Fertility preservation: egg freezing, or oocyte cryopreservation, has emerged as a revolutionary option, offering a sense of empowerment and future planning. This comprehensive guide delves into the intricacies of egg freezing and why it’s becoming an increasingly popular choice for women worldwide.

Fertility preservation, egg freezing and related terms

Egg freezing is a medical procedure in which a woman’s eggs (oocytes) are extracted, frozen, and stored for future use. This process involves several key steps:

Ovarian stimulation: the woman undergoes a series of hormone injections to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs during a single menstrual cycle.

Egg retrieval: once the eggs have matured, a minimally invasive procedure called transvaginal ultrasound aspiration is performed to collect the eggs. At Markham Fertility Centre this procedure is done under sedation with an anesthesiologist. 

Cryopreservation: the retrieved eggs are then carefully frozen using a process called vitrification. This method ensures that the eggs remain viable when thawed.

Storage: the frozen eggs are stored in a cryopreservation facility at the IVF lab until the woman decides to use them. At Markham Fertility Centre all eggs and embryos are stored in house, supported by our state of the art technology and safety mechanisms. 

Fertility preservation: why choose egg freezing?

Egg freezing is a versatile option for many women, but it’s suitability may vary from person to person. It’s essential to discuss your specific situation with a fertility specialist to determine if egg freezing is right for you.

There are several compelling reasons why women opt for egg freezing:

Delaying parenthood: many women today delay starting a family due to career goals, education, or personal reasons. Egg freezing allows them to preserve their fertility while pursuing their aspirations.

Medical reasons: some medical conditions, such as cancer treatments or endometriosis surgery can negatively impact fertility. Egg freezing before undergoing these treatments can offer hope for future family-building.

Family planning: women who haven’t found the right partner or are not yet ready for parenthood can use egg freezing as an insurance policy against age-related fertility decline.

Who can benefit from egg freezing?

Egg freezing is a remarkable advancement in reproductive medicine that empowers women to make informed choices about their future family planning. It offers hope to those facing fertility challenges and provides peace of mind for those who wish to delay parenthood. If you’re considering egg freezing, consult with a fertility specialist to explore your options and embark on your unique fertility journey.

Fertility preservation: A patient story

Read about Shania Bhopia’s story, Markham Fertility Centre patient, goes viral; check it out here: An Ontario Tik-Toker is freezing her eggs at 25 years old and people are ‘stressed out’

Fertility preservation egg freezing and Markham Fertility Centre patient story

Success rates and considerations

The success of egg freezing largely depends on the woman’s age at the time of freezing, with younger women typically having higher success rates. However, it’s crucial to understand that egg freezing does not guarantee future pregnancy. Consulting with fertility experts to understand the probabilities and individual factors is essential.

More women want to take control of their fertility. Fertility specialist Dr. Meivys Garcia discusses the empowering process of egg freezing with Tammie, on Breakfast Television, Toronto, Ontario.

Are you considering fertility preservation?

If you’re considering egg freezing, we encourage you to seek more information and consult with specialists at Markham Fertility Centre to explore your options. The decision to freeze your eggs is a personal one, and it’s essential to gather as much information as possible to make the right choice for your circumstances. Stay informed and empowered when it comes to your reproductive health and future family planning. 

Learn more about fertility preservation and egg freezing at Markham Fertility Centre.