Long-term storage of frozen eggs can protect your dream of having a baby
Every woman should be able to decide if and when she wants to be a mother. However, in the past, a woman’s biological clock dictated when she could have a baby. With advances in egg freezing and the long-term storage of frozen eggs, women now have the freedom to become a mother when the time is right for them.
Is egg freezing and long-term storage of frozen eggs right for you?
If you want to postpone motherhood for any reason, egg freezing can make it possible. Before you pursue this option, our Austin fertility center team will help you decide whether it’s right for you.
Female fertility decreases with age, so our team will typically recommend that you freeze your eggs in your 20s or early-30s. However, each woman is different. As a result, you’ll have an appointment with one of our doctors to determine where you are on your reproductive timeline.
- You’ll talk to your doctor about your medical history and family-building goals.
- Your doctor will order bloodwork and a transvaginal ultrasound to determine where you are on your reproductive timeline.
After reviewing your test results, your doctor can help you determine how many eggs you still have in your ovaries (ovarian reserve).
- In some cases, women may have fewer eggs than expected for their age. If this is true for you, you’ll want to consider egg freezing and long-term storage of frozen eggs sooner.
- In other cases, women have more eggs than expected. If your testing reveals this is true for you, you may be able to wait to freeze your eggs or freeze them after your early-30s.
Regardless of what your testing reveals, our Austin fertility doctors can help you make the best treatment plan for you.
What do you need to know about storing frozen eggs?
Most women will store their eggs for five to 10 years. However, healthy babies have been born from eggs that were frozen for well over a decade. As a result, long-term storage of frozen eggs is an option for many women.
Our Austin fertility center only provides short-term storage. For patients who are storing frozen eggs for more than a few months, we can connect them with reputable long-term storage facilities. Most often, we work with Fertility Storage Solutions because it provides our patients with extra peace of mind. This facility uses the latest technology and procedures to protect frozen eggs, sperm and embryos until patients are ready to use them to conceive.
If you would like to learn more about storing frozen eggs, contact us to schedule an appointment. Our team is excited to help you learn more about the options to have a baby when you feel ready.