Egg Freezing | Fertility Preservation at Atlanta ACRM

ACRM has an active fertility preservation program which offers patients the opportunity to freeze eggs, sperm or embryos.  

Why Should I Freeze My Eggs?

Women are born with a finite number of eggs, most of which have already died by the time puberty starts.  Female fertility peaks at age 27 years and then gradually declines thereafter. After the age of 35 years, egg reserve declines rapidly and conception becomes increasingly more difficult. Not only do women encounter decreasing egg reserve as they age, but they also experience significant declines in egg quality.  Thus, even if a significant number of eggs remain in a woman who is in her late 30s, the majority of those will be abnormal and unable to produce a healthy child.  

Many women are not ready to start a family during their peak fertility years but know they may want to have a family in the future. One option is to freeze eggs during the more favorable reproductive ages and use those eggs later, if needed.  This option helps counteract the effect of aging on egg quantity and quality. 

Who Should Consider Freezing Eggs?

  • Single women in their early 30s who wish to preserve the option of future childbearing with their own eggs.
  • Women with medical conditions which put them at risk for running out of eggs earlier than usual. This includes patients with:
    • cancer requiring removal of the ovaries or treatment with chemotherapy
    • ovarian tumors
    • severe endometriosis
    • recurrent ovarian cysts
    • a family history of premature ovarian insufficiency or Fragile X
    • transgender patients transitioning female to male

When Should I Consider Freezing Eggs?

Egg freezing seems to work best when done before the age of 35 years.  This is because the majority of eggs are still of good quality during this time.  The later in life egg freezing is performed, the greater the number of eggs that will need to be frozen in order to counteract the effect of diminishing egg quality. 

How Do I Go About Freezing My Eggs?

Egg freezing typically requires 2- 4 weeks following an initial evaluation with the fertility specialist.  The patient's ovaries are stimulated with hormone shots in order to grow many eggs at one time.  These eggs are then 'retrieved' while the patient is under light anesthesia.  The eggs are evaluated under the microscope at the time of the egg retrieval and the mature eggs are vitrified and stored.

Statistics for Egg Freezing in Atlanta at ACRM

Research has indicated that the method of freezing, called vitrification, is associated with high rates of egg survival at thaw, along with normal fertilization, implantation, and pregnancy rates. Cycles using thawed eggs from egg donors result in an 85% survival rate, a 65% fertilization rate, and a 50% implantation rate.  For women 35 years of age and younger, recent studies suggest that freezing at least 7-8 eggs is optimal for producing favorable pregnancy rates using those eggs in the future.