We’re not here to tell you what to do - just to present you with the facts. Here’s what the latest scientific journals say about egg freezing - the good and the bad.
A QUICK BIO LESSON
We’re born with all our eggs, and both egg count & quality decrease over time
AMH (anti-Mullerian hormone) is a hormone produced by cells from the small follicles in a woman’s ovaries and is used to assess a woman's ovarian reserve or egg count.
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Egg count decreases as we age, so the sooner you secure your eggs, the more eggs you’ll likely be able to retrieve.
As we age, the quality of our eggs decreases. This leads to an increased proportion of genetically abnormal eggs.
The younger you are, the more high quality eggs you likely have. Meaning the more eggs you'll be able to store, and the healthier they'll be
Securing your eggs early produces pretty high success rates
Securing 15-20 eggs earlier than 35 has a predicted 90% success rate.
What are the odds?
Although no number of eggs can guarantee a live birth, we have developed a tool to give you insight into egg freezing success rates by referencing data gathered by scientific literature. This calculator uses your age at egg retrieval and the number of mature eggs frozen to predict the probability of having at least one live birth.
HOW IT WORKS
Ovarian reserve test
A blood test measuring Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) gives you a basic understanding of your egg count.
Fertility clinic consultation
A transvaginal ultrasound measures your antral follicle count (how many eggs you actually have growing). Have a 1-on-1 chat with a fertility doctor and make a customized plan after reviewing your fertility assessment, the science, and expected outcomes.
Once your plan is in place, the medical team will walk you through how to administer prescribed hormone injections, and what to expect during the process.
For about 10 days, you'll give yourself daily hormone injections to stimulate your ovaries to grow more eggs than usual. The clinic will monitor progress closely, about every other day.
Once your body is ready, the doctor will remove your eggs in a 15-minute out-patient surgical procedure. You'll be under light anesthesia so it shouldn't hurt, though you'll want to take this day off from work.
Freezing & storage
Once your eggs are retrieved, the ones that mature are flash-frozen (vitrified) in liquid nitrogen by a team of embryologists. They'll hang there until you're ready to use them down the road.