Egg freezing, or cryopreservation, is an advanced technique that allows women to preserve their fertility through a rapid freezing process. Unlike older freezing methods, which tend to damage eggs and embryos by allowing the formation of ice crystals, newer vitrification processes are more likely to provide healthy eggs upon thawing. There are many reasons that a woman or couple may want to preserve eggs, a few of which are described below.
Women who are not yet ready for children
Some women who wish to focus on their careers or have other interests do not wish to start a family until later in life. Unfortunately, as a woman ages, the quality of her eggs continue to decrease. For this reason, many women will choose to preserve their eggs early in life and use them when they are ready.
Women undergoing IVF treatments
As a part of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process, the woman’s ovaries are stimulated to preserve many eggs. These eggs are retrieved and used for fertilization using the partner’s sperm. A woman may wish to preserve some unused eggs or embryos for use in later cycles through cryopreservation.
Women undergoing cancer treatment
Before undergoing cancer treatment, many women opt to preserve some of their eggs. Some cancer treatments, including chemotherapy and radiation therapy, have the ability to cause genetic changes in eggs and may even affect fertility in the long-term. If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer and want to conceive in the future, consider preserving your fertility through egg cryopreservation.
Depending on your lifestyle and situation, you may have your own reasons for wanting to preserve your fertility through cryopreservation. You can learn more about the process and how it may benefit you by contacting the fertility specialists of Fertility Centers of Illinois today at (877) 499-8730. With the help of the most advanced medical technology, our compassionate team is dedicated to helping you meet your fertility goals.