Egg Freezing Success Rates
Egg freezing is the most common form of fertility preservation in the United States. Egg freezing allows women to collect and preserve eggs while they are still viable, so that they can be used for future fertility treatments.
Egg freezing can be beneficial for a wide range of women. Those who are considering egg freezing are likely to wonder how likely it is to be a success. Fertility specialists from the Los Angeles Reproductive Center are happy to discuss egg freezing success rates with our Encino, CA, Bakersfield, CA, and Los Angeles, CA, patients, so that they can make an informed decision about undergoing treatment.
Egg Freezing Candidates
As with any other fertility treatment, egg freezing is most likely to be a success when patients are ideal candidates for the procedure. Many women may consider egg freezing so that they have control over when they choose to start a family. Most commonly, egg freezing is sought by:
- Women who are choosing to focus on their career and plan to start a family later down the road
- Women who have not yet found a suitable partner
- Those who are about to undergo cancer treatment
- Women with medical conditions that can cause early menopause
Regardless of the reason, any woman can be a suitable candidate for egg freezing provided she still has a good ovarian reserve. The quantity and quality of a woman’s eggs begin to diminish in her 30s. Ideally, egg freezing should be performed at or before the age of 35, but if a fertility evaluation shows that viable eggs remain, the procedure can be performed later than that.
Success of Egg Retrieval and Freezing
As long as a woman still has viable eggs, egg retrieval and freezing are virtually guaranteed to be a success. Prior to the egg retrieval procedure, women undergo ovarian stimulation. This involves the administration of fertility medications. The fertility medications stimulate the ovaries so that they produce multiple mature eggs. Through ovarian stimulation our fertility specialists are able to time ovulation and align it with the egg retrieval procedure. Collected eggs are immediately frozen so that their health and quality remain intact until they are used for fertility treatment.
Success of Fertility Treatment
The success of fertility treatments using frozen eggs is not widely tracked, so it is difficult to tell patients exactly how likely it is that an IVF procedure performed with a frozen egg will result in a pregnancy. Furthermore, there are other factors that can affect the success of IVF treatment, including the health/environment of the woman’s uterus at the time of treatment, the viability of the sperm used to fertilize the egg, and whether or not any fertility complications are present.
With all factors taken into consideration, the success rate for fertility treatment using a frozen egg should be roughly the same as it would be had the patient undergone fertility treatment at the time her eggs were frozen. This is because the egg freezing process essentially stops the biological clock and preserves egg viability until the patient is ready to have a child.
Contact Los Angeles Reproductive Center
If you are considering egg freezing to preserve your fertility and give yourself control over family planning, the fertility specialist at the Los Angeles Reproductive Center would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the procedure. To schedule a consultation, send us a message online at your earliest convenience or call (818) 946-8051.