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Freezing Your Eggs in Michigan
In 2012, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine removed the word “experimental” from their description of egg freezing. The procedure has continued to grow in popularity for women looking to freeze their eggs for social or medical reasons.
Some women may want to freeze their eggs if they know they want to have a child, but feel the current time isn’t right for it, maybe because they haven’t yet met their partner or because they have career or educational goals they’d like to attain first. Other women may choose to freeze their eggs because of certain medical conditions or treatments—such as chemotherapy—that would leave them infertile.
How Does Egg Freezing Work?
The egg freezing process begins much in the way that an ovulation stimulation cycle would work. After undergoing some blood work and ultrasounds, your fertility doctor will start you on fertility meds for ovarian stimulation—this will help you produce multiple eggs for harvesting.
When your eggs have matured, you’ll be given a trigger shot about 36 hours before the egg retrieval process. For the actual egg retrieval, you’ll be given anesthesia, and a fertility doctor will harvest your eggs using an ultrasound-guided needle.
Then, your eggs will be frozen. Fertility clinics now prefer a process called vitrification, a rapid-freezing technique that prevents the formation of ice crystals. This makes thawing the egg safer later on.
Egg freezing generally works best if the eggs are frozen when a woman is in her late 20s or early 30s, so if you are considering the procedure, it’s important to talk with your fertility doctor as soon as possible.
Where Can I Freeze My Eggs?
Egg freezing is an option at several fertility clinics in Michigan. For information on finding a fertility clinic or frozen egg bank for egg freezing and/or storing, please search Fertility Authority's database of clinics and physicians.