AFE Egg Freezing / Fertility Preservation program

We know sometimes you are not ready for a baby due to education, career, divorce, lifestyle choices, or require urgent treatments for some healthy issues, under these circumstances, women may wish to preserve and extend their fertility. Asian Frozen Eggs program is pleased to offer you the latest fertility preservation techniques to afford the ability to become pregnant in the future whenever you think is the good timing.

AFE Fertility Preservation program provides oocyte cryopreservation services, known as egg freezing, which involves extracting and freezing a woman’s eggs so that they can to stored for in-vitro fertilization fertilization at a later time. When you are ready to have a baby, these frozen egg would be thawed, fertilized outside of the body through ICSI with your sperm provider, and then transferred the healthy embryos into your uterus. Egg freezing technology has been widely used in the nation. Since the first successful pregnancy using egg freezing was reported in 1986, hundreds of babies have been born.

Benefits of fertility preservation

Highlight: Fertility Preservation & Cancer Patients

Egg freezing allows a woman to preserve her fertility until she is ready to start her family. This technology is available to women who are diagnosed with cancer or other illness that may affect their fertility. Cancer treatment such as chemotherapy, radiation, surgery can potentially destroy the woman and lead to infertility. Depending on the risk, age of the woman, type of cancer, and treatment plan, egg freezing can be recommended as an option for women suffering form the disease.

We met a woman who received a breast cancer diagnosis at her age of 25 in 2015. She came to our clinic by herself looking for solutions. Her doctor suggested her to start cancer treatment as soon as possible to prevent possible cancer spread. She eventually freeze 18 eggs in our egg bank 1 month before she receive cancer treatment. At the end of 2016, thankfully she finished her cancer treatment and the result is quite optimistic. She came back to our office again with her new boy friend, telling us that she was ready to carry a baby. Our embryologist thawed her eggs and fertilized her eggs with her boy friend’s sperm in our in-house lab. After the preimplantation genetic screening (PGS), one healthy female embryo was then implanted into her uterus. Now she is 3 month pregnant, living with her boy friend in Japan.
Latest clinic data indicates that egg freezing cycle will not delay female cancer patients’ treatment, even in the neoadjuvant setting. Therefore, women with cancer should feel confident about undergoing fertility preservation before starting chemotherapy. We highly recommend you to speak with your doctor about fertility if you are facing a recent cancer diagnosis.

Who is a candidate for Egg Freezing?

A woman’s fertility peaks in her 20s and then begins to decline rapidly in her 30s. Women from their early twentieth to thirtieth are all good candidates to freeze and store their eggs. Egg freezing is encouraged for women delaying childbirth for education, career, other personal goals.

Egg freezing is particularly helpful for women undergoing chemotherapy or radiation. Eggs can be retrieved and frozen prior to treatment and preserved. In addition, some people have religious or moral objections about excess embryos with IVF and may select to freeze their eggs. Women with a family history of premature menopause may also consider egg freezing as their fertility preservation solution.

The Egg Freezing Process

Similar to IVF, egg freezing requires a series of hormone injections. When the eggs have matured, they are retrieved using transvaginal guided ultrasound while the patient is under light sedation. The eggs are then frozen using a flash freeze process known as vitrification. An “anti-freeze” is added to the eggs to keep ice crystals from forming that could damage the egg. When the woman is ready to become pregnant, her eggs are thawed, fertilized and the embryo is transferred into her uterus to achieve a pregnancy. Eggs can stay frozen for up to 10 years or longer.

An outline of the process can help you see that it is a fairly easy process and can be coordinated with your schedule so that it does not impact your other obligations.

* Another choice in fertility preservation is embryo freezing. Although we’ve been using the latest egg freezing and storage technologies, and we’ve seen increase in egg freezing success rates, we see higher success rates with embryo cryopreservation. Once the eggs are retrieved, the mature eggs are fertilized with either partner or donor sperm. These high quality embryos remain frozen until the patient is ready to use them.
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