Oocyte Cryopreservation

Oocyte Cryopreservation / Egg Freezing in Laguna Hills

Oocyte cryopreservation is when a woman’s eggs (oocytes) are taken out of her ovaries, frozen and stored at an egg freezing clinic until the woman chooses to get pregnant and have a baby.

Women choose oocyte cryopreservation for both medical and social reasons. Some women may want to delay childbearing for later in their lives. Others may have a family history of early menopause. Some women may be going into the military, and want to preserve their eggs before deploying.

There are also women who freeze their eggs before having medical treatments that could make them infertile (radiation or chemotherapy). While quality egg production can go down in later years, the uterus is still very functional and usually able to support a pregnancy.

Oocyte Cryopreservation and Egg Freezing Clinic in Laguna Hills, Orange County CA

Oocyte cryopreservation often begins with a woman taking fertility drugs (synthetic hormones) to stimulate her ovaries to produce multiple eggs. Egg retrieval from the ovaries is usually done in a doctor’s office or clinic.

After the eggs are harvested, they are kept at an egg freezing clinic for future use. In case you’re wondering, cryoprotectants can be used to prevent ice crystals during freezing.

When you want to use your frozen eggs, they will be thawed out, fertilized with sperm in a laboratory and placed in your uterus. Embryos can also be placed in the uterus of a second woman who has agreed to carry the baby (surrogate) for the first woman.

While oocyte cryopreservation might seem new, it’s actually been around for years. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) lifted the “experimental” label from oocyte cryopreservation in 2012.

We Provide Expert Oocyte Cryopreservation in Laguna Hills, Orange County CA

Oocyte cryopreservation at an egg freezing clinic is a great method of fertility preservation for women who want to have a baby later in life. Please call 949-516-0150 and make an appointment with Dr. Banafsheh Kashani. She can answer your questions and tell you if oocyte cryopreservation is a good option for your future.

Dr. Kashani is a board-certified OB/GYN and specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility who has been treated infertility patients since 2014.