Elective Fertility Preservation
The quality and quantity of a woman’s egg supply rapidly begins to deteriorate after age 25. CCRM Toronto’s elective fertility preservation program assists women who wish to freeze eggs or embryos in order to have children later in life. Many of our patients have had successful pregnancies resulting from frozen eggs.
Women may opt for egg elective freezing for the following reasons:
- Severe endometriosis
- Recurrent ovarian cysts
- A history of early menopause
- Any condition which may result in premature ovarian failure or the removal of your ovaries
- Women who choose to delay family-building for personal reasons
The fertility preservation process begins with a consultation with a CCRM Toronto physician. We’ll discuss your needs, the processes involved, and any questions you may have. In addition, we’ll conduct blood tests and a pelvic ultrasound to assess the number of eggs in your ovaries (ovarian reserve).
Treatment and Egg/Embryo Freezing
To help safely stimulate your ovaries to produce more mature eggs than they would in a natural cycle, you’ll take fertility medication. The right time for retrieval varies across patients, and will be assessed by your physician. The retrieved eggs are then frozen using a vitrification (fast freezing) process. If you wish to freeze embryos (eggs already fertilized with sperm), the eggs are fertilized after retrieval.