Egg Freezing Specialist

Deborah Smith, MD -  - Reproductive Endocrinology

Rocky Mountain Fertility Center

Deborah Smith, MD

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Specialist located in Englewood, CO & Rapid City, SD

Egg freezing can make your dream of being a parent a reality, even if you conceive in your late 30s or 40s. At Rocky Mountain Fertility Center in Englewood, Colorado, and Rapid City, South Dakota, reproductive endocrinology and fertility specialist Deborah Smith, MD, offers egg freezing to preserve eggs when they’re most viable. This increases your chance of achieving a healthy pregnancy later in life. Call Rocky Mountain Fertility Center to learn more about egg freezing or schedule an appointment online today.

Egg Freezing Q & A

What is egg freezing?

Egg freezing is a revolutionary technology Rocky Mountain Fertility Center provides that allows you to freeze and store your eggs when they are the most viable. 

When you’re ready to become pregnant later in life, your provider thaws your eggs, fertilizes them, and places the embryos in your uterus to help you achieve a successful pregnancy.

Should I freeze my eggs?

There are numerous reasons you might choose to freeze your eggs. Examples include you:

  • Must undergo chemotherapy or radiation retreatment in the near future
  • Don’t plan to have children until your late 30s or 40s
  • Are morally opposed to preserving embryos, or fertilized eggs
  • Have a family history of early menopause

After age 35, it’s more difficult to get pregnant, and the risk of fetal abnormalities increases. For that reason, women who plan to have children later in life are often good candidates for egg freezing. The procedure doesn’t require sperm and egg fertilization prior to freezing.

What should I expect during the procedure?

Prior to egg freezing, your Rocky Mountain Fertility Center specialist reviews your health history and completes a pelvic exam. 

They utilize hormonal, egg quality, and other tests to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. If you are, the process of egg freezing takes about 6-8 weeks and involves several phases:

Increasing egg production

To increase egg production, you take birth control pills, followed by two weeks of hormone injections to stimulate your ovaries to release multiple eggs each month. Throughout the process, your provider monitors your ovaries using vaginal ultrasounds.

Egg retrieval

When your eggs are ready for retrieval, you return to Rocky Mountain Fertility Center. Your doctor sedates you, places an ultrasound probe in your vagina, and guides a needle through the vagina into a follicle. 

They use suction to retrieve multiple eggs in just 15-20 minutes. The process causes minimal discomfort, though you might experience pressure and mild cramping.

Egg freezing

Once retrieved, your provider freezes and stores your eggs until you’re ready to become pregnant. They use in vitro fertilization (IVF) to implant fertilized eggs into your uterus when you’re ready.

How many eggs are needed?

The number of eggs your fertility specialist collects, and your chance of conceiving, is usually based on your age. If you’re under 35, your provider needs about 12 mature eggs to help you achieve a 50% chance of producing a live birth. If you’re 35-40, they usually use 16 viable eggs.

Your specialist can freeze your eggs up to a decade or even longer, as there’s no evidence that the health or viability of frozen eggs decreases with time.

Am I a good candidate for egg freezing?

Talk with your reproductive endocrinology and fertility specialist at Rocky Mountain Fertility Center to determine if you’re a good candidate for egg freezing. 

Egg quality varies from person to person, which is why Rocky Mountain Fertility Center uses anti-mullerian hormone, follicle-stimulating hormone, and estradiol hormone testing to assess your chance of a successful pregnancy with egg freezing. 

Because of concerns over egg quality, they don’t recommend egg retrieval and freezing if you’re older than 40.

If you’re ready to learn more about egg freezing and find out if the procedure is right for you, schedule an appointment with Rocky Mountain Fertility Center by phone or online today.