The time of a woman’s most viable fertility isn’t always the time she’s ready to have a child. At the practice of Andrew L. Loucopoulos, MD, PhD, located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York City, you can have your eggs frozen so you can get pregnant at a later date if you prefer. For more information about freezing your eggs and delaying pregnancy, call the office or book an appointment online.
A woman may consider freezing her eggs to preserve her fertility for the long term. Reasons women choose to take this step include:
Egg freezing gives a woman the option to extend fertility and create a family when she’s better prepared.
Because the egg is the largest cell in the human body and contains a lot of water, it can be tricky to freeze. When subjected to low temperatures, it can form ice crystals that may destroy the cell.
Dr. Loucopoulos understands this and goes through the process of dehydrating selected eggs and replacing the water with a special compound that protects its integrity during freezing. He also uses a needle to fertilize eggs thawed from freezing because the process hardens the outer shell of the egg and makes them impermeable to sperm otherwise.
Dr. Loucopoulos recommends you store multiple eggs, as some do not survive the thaw and all cannot be fertilized successfully. The most viable eggs are those frozen at the height of fertility. The age at which you choose to use those eggs does not affect your ability to get pregnant.
To prepare your body for egg retrieval, you’re put on hormone injections to stimulate your ovaries to ripen multiple eggs. Once the eggs are mature, Dr. Loucopoulos removes them with a needle inserted through the vagina using ultrasound guidance. The eggs are then frozen immediately.
When you determine you’re ready to try to get pregnant using frozen eggs, even several years later, Dr. Loucopoulos thaws the eggs. Each is injected with a single sperm and allowed to culture for a few days to form embryos. The most viable embryos are then implanted into your uterus with the hope they attach and result in pregnancy.
To learn more about the benefits of freezing your eggs to delay pregnancy, call the office of Andrew L. Loucopoulos, MD, PhD, or book an appointment online.