How Egg Freezing Works
The egg freezing process at RAD is identical to what women undergo for IVF at our centers. Initially, the ovaries are stimulated with medications to allow multiple eggs to develop within the same treatment cycle. Then, the eggs are retrieved in a 10-minute to 15-minute office procedure performed under anesthesia. Once the eggs are retrieved, our laboratory embryologists identify the fully developed eggs, and those eggs are vitrified.
Egg freezing has been around for three decades, but was considered experimental by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) until 2012. Many IVF clinics have little experience thawing eggs or showing a consistent track record of generating pregnancies from eggs they’ve both frozen and thawed. However, our lab technicians at RAD have successfully thawed 156 donor and non-donor cycles at our centers.
Why Egg Freezing Might Be Right For You
- If you are a woman undergoing a medical treatment such as chemotherapy that might compromise your fertility (Oncofertility)
- If you are a woman who wants to delay having a child for personal or professional reasons
- If you have a family history of early menopause
Understanding Fertility Rates And Age
Fertility and egg freezing conversations are usually centered on round numbers like 30 years, 35 years or 40 years, but the optimal age to freeze eggs is really not known. Women who know they are going to delay having children for one reason or another should have discussions about egg freezing sooner rather than later.
Numerous factors or diseases can impact male and female fertility, but predicting any particular woman’s current or future fertility is a challenge. Many fertility problems for women are hidden in common issues like tubal disease or endometriosis.
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Where You Go For Fertility Care Really Matters
For over two decades, we have followed the golden rule of fertility care: offering the same treatment to you that we would want for our friends and loved ones.
Egg freezing technology allows you to take steps to preserve your fertility. Our physicians create an individualized treatment plan to address your specific needs.
Sperm freezing technology allows you to take steps to preserve your fertility. Our physicians create an individualized treatment plan to address your specific needs.
Oncofertility addresses oncology and reproductive medicine to help patients faced with a cancer diagnosis.
Stephanie Hill, MS, LCGC
Stephanie Hill, MS, LCGC brings over 16 years of experience in genetic counseling to the team
Embryo Freezing And Storage
Embryo freezing allows tools like preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidies to be used to increase the likelihood of pregnancy.
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"We will be forever grateful for the wonderful care we received at RAD! Dr. Feinberg took the time to listen and create a plan we were comfortable with. The whole team was amazing and truly care about their patients. You have exceeded our expectations. Thank you!!"
"Thanks to Reproductive Associates of Delaware, we have the most perfect addition to our family. The help and support the whole staff gave us was indescribable. We never once lost hope because of them. We will be forever grateful to each and every person we worked with during our journey."
"Dr. Neithardt was amazing. She explained in great detail all the options we had and put us at ease about the entire process. Everyone has been amazing and I have absolutely no complaints. Today I am 17 weeks pregnant and we only have Dr. Neithardt and her wonderful team at RAD to thank."
"They are the most amazing team of doctors and care coordinators. After having started at another facility I was so happy to come to RAD. They are truly amazing, never make you feel like just a number and have empathy and compassion every step of the way. They also get the job done! Thanks RAD!"
"Dr. McGuirk is a very holistic doctor. She doesn’t just treat the fertility issues. She also points out personal health ideas (juicing, whole 30) to help heal/treat the whole patient. She is honest and open. Be open minded and trust in her process. This is a marathon, not a sprint! Dr. McGuirk will be with you the whole way."
"I will never be able to put into words how thankful we are for RAD. Rhonda was there every step of the way as we were going through the process. Everyone was so welcoming and patient as we asked questions. We were blessed with a daughter, who is now three. I have already recommended and will continue to recommend RAD to people who need help growing their family!"
"There are not enough kind words to say about RAD generally, and Dr. Bachman specifically. My personal well-being was always at the core of my treatment. I received honest, straight-forward advice that empowered me to make my own decisions. And thanks to RAD I have the family I always dreamed of."
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