Frequently Asked Questions For Fertility Preservation show all
Women who are looking to delay childbearing into their late thirties and forties, and women undergoing medical treatments which could impact future fertility, are good candidates for egg freezing. An initial fertility assessment will confirm whether or not egg freezing is a viable option for preserving fertility.
In 2007, the RBA scientific team completed it's most important egg freezing study to date. Utilizing a new rapid freezing technique with egg donors between the ages of 21-30, RBA achieved pregnancy rates in egg recipients in excess of 70%. In January 2013 the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology stated that egg freezing should no longer be considered experimental. Pregnancy rates are similar to IVF/ICSI with fresh oocytes and there are no reported increased risks of birth defects compared to IVF and the general population.
My Egg Bank of North America is the first multi-center network of fertility centers offering the proprietary cryogenic egg vitrification process originally developed by Reproductive Biology Associates in Atlanta, Georgia.
Egg freezing through a My Egg Bank network provider takes about four weeks to complete.
The process begins with a consultation with a MEBNA physician, followed by prescreening lab work (hormonal lab testing, preconception screening, ovarian and uterine evaluation, etc.).
The patient will then meet with a nurse, who will outline the stimulation process and provide medication injection instruction. When the targeted cycle starts, egg production will be stimulated with the fertility medications. Frequent lab work and ultrasounds are done to monitor egg growth. When appropriate, a final injection will be given to mature the eggs and ready them for retrieval. Thirty-six hours after the injection the eggs will be retrieved vaginally under intravenous sedation. After the eggs are retrieved, the IVF laboratory will freeze and store them for the patient's future use. The entire process from screening to freezing will last approximately two months.
The price for this procedure varies among MEBNA centers. Some of the cost of this procedure may be covered by your insurance. Please contact your centers business office for more information about insurance coverage and financing options.
Your eggs can be stored indefinitely.
When ready to start a family the frozen eggs will be thawed and inseminated using a partners sperm or donated sperm. A normal IVF cycle proceeds at this point.