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Six things you should know if you are considering freezing your eggs

Egg freezing is a procedure chosen by women who want to wait to delay childbearing that involves "freezing" her eggs until she is ready to have children. This egg-freezing process (vitrification) is a type of rapid freezing technique capable of preserving eggs without harming them. Following freezing of eggs in special solutions containing medical-grade anti-freeze, eggs are then stored in cryogenic freezers until they are removed, thawed and fertilized using in vitro fertilization with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Traditional IVF cannot be used due to the freezing process hardening the outer membrane of stored eggs. Six Things to Know About Egg Freezing 1. Egg Retrieval Prior to your fertility doctor…

Ovulation Induction

Does the IVF Process Hurt?

One of the most popular assisted reproductive technologies used by women with fertility issues is in vitro fertilization (IVF). By extracting a woman’s eggs and combining eggs with sperm in a lab dish, fertility doctors can create an embryo which can then be transferred to a woman’s uterus. IVF is used to treat fertility issues due to damaged/blocked fallopian tubes, ovarian failure, uterine fibroids, low sperm motility/count in men or unexplained infertility. Does It Hurt to Undergo In Vitro Fertilization? Several steps are involved in the IVF process. Women will initially need injections of fertility medications to stimulate the production of eggs. Women who are sensitive to insertion of needles…

PCOS

Are PCOS symptoms reversible?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is diagnosed in about seven percent of women with irregular menstrual periods and problems conceiving. Other symptoms of PCOS include excessive facial hair growth, acne outbreaks, migraines, insulin resistance and weight gain. Doctors believe PCOS is caused by hormone imbalances involving follicle stimulating and luteinizing hormone, two hormones involved in ovulation. Women with PCOS may also suffer from ovarian cysts resulting from eggs that fail to mature enough for completing the ovulation process. Because PCOS increases the risk for heart disease, diabetes, infertility and uterine cancer, women diagnosed with PCOS should seek treatment through ovulation induction and hormone-balancing medications. Are Symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Reversible?…

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What Happens After Egg Freezing?

Freezing their eggs gives women the opportunity to postpone becoming a parent until they feel it is the right time.  When considering the egg freezing experience, many patients want an overview of the medical process, including what happens once eggs are frozen. Why Freeze Your Eggs? Freezing a woman’s eggs is a way to preserve her fertility.  The eggs present when a female is born are the entire amount she will ever produce. Most individuals weighing fertility preservation consider a pregnancy currently inconvenient or medically unwise.  Treatments such as chemotherapy can eliminate pregnancy as a possibility.  Eggs a woman releases during her 20s or 30s typically represent a better quality…