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Who should consider freezing their eggs?

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.

Is egg freezing a proven technology?

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.

Why freeze at a MEBNA center?

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.

What is the time frame involved for a cycle?

Egg freezing through a My Egg Bank network provider takes about four weeks to complete.

What is the first step?

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.).

What happens during a egg freezing cycle?

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.

How much does egg freezing cost?

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.

How long can eggs be stored?

Your eggs can be stored indefinitely.

What happens when I'm ready to use my eggs?

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.

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