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Your Fertility Preservation Journey for Those with Ovaries Starts Here
This is a typical journey through fertility preservation for someone with ovaries. We know that the process can be overwhelming. We will be by your side every step of the the way. The complete cycle takes approximately two to three weeks. Fertility preservation for someone with sperm is a relatively straightforward process and can booked conveniently when ready.
The first step is to determine whether egg freezing is the right approach given your personal circumstances, medical history, and goals. We will often also reach out to your specialists to ensure that they feel you are a good candidate for fertility preservation.
Meeting your Care Team
Your dedicated care team will provide you with appropriate and timely instructions so that you feel in control. You will complete consent forms and participate in an education session where you will learn how to administer medications. This is also a good time to ask questions.
Ovarian Stimulation (10-12 days)
Stimulating your ovaries to produce eggs typically lasts 10-12 days. During this time you will be taking injectable medications and you will have three to five in-person morning appointments at the clinic where we will monitor your hormones and measure your ovarian follicles using vaginal ultrasound. Your physician will closely monitor your stimulation to ensure the optimal number of eggs.
Egg Retrieval (~Day 12)
Prepare to spend one to two hours at the clinic on the day of egg retrieval. You will also need to arrange for someone to pick you up. The egg retrieval itself is done under deep sedation with an anesthesiologist to ensure your safety and comfort. The procedure lasts approximately 20 minutes. You may experience minor discomfort after the procedure. Most patients resume normal activities the next day.
Post Egg Retrieval
After the retrieval, your eggs will be evaluated and frozen by our expert embryologist team using a technique called vitrification. Our embryologists will speak with you before you leave and review the quality and the number of eggs. Your eggs will be kept in a secure environment for storage until you need them.