Fertility Testing Precedes Egg Freezing for Elective Fertility Preservation
Today, women who have trouble conceiving have more options than ever before, including egg freezing. What was once an idea in science fiction has become a reality that has given women the chance to extend their fertility.
Egg freezing is a process in which a woman’s eggs are harvested, and then cryogenically frozen and kept in a state of suspended animation until they are thawed for later use. After the eggs have thawed, ICSI or intracytoplasmic sperm injection is used in conjunction with IVF to achieve fertilization. Dr. Joel Batzofin specializes in this effective approach to fertility preservation.
Scheduling fertility testing and egg freezing
Egg freezing is not only a viable option for women who choose to postpone child bearing during their peak fertility years, but also for women who have been diagnosed with fertility-impacting illnesses or who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
A woman’s fertility declines with age. Fertility peaks in her 20s, and then declines until approximately a decade before menopause. A healthy 20-year-old woman who is trying to get pregnant has a 20% chance of conceiving each month, but by age 40, that rate drops to less than 5%.
Previously, women who wished to pursue career or educational goals, or who were not in a relationship, were forced into an undesirable position: have a child before those goals were realized or an adequate partner was found, or risk not having children.
Egg freezing offers young women who are not yet ready to create a family the possibility of doing so years down the road. Because egg quality and quantity decline with age, it’s imperative to take proactive steps in your reproductive prime. Fertility testing can reveal the status of your ovarian reserve to equip you with helpful information prior to scheduling egg freezing.
Fertility testing prior to egg freezing
Before every egg freezing cycle a woman must undergo an assessment of ovarian reserve with Day 3 FSH/E2. This will help Dr. Batzofin determine the most optimal protocol for stimulating egg release, so that eggs can be harvested. There is a test known as Ovarian Reserve Assessment, which may or may not be offered. This is a blood test which helps to understand the so-called “urgency of the situation” for the woman.
If she has already decided to move forward with egg freezing, the test becomes superfluous and there is no need to waste the resources. However, if she is still undecided whether “to freeze or not to freeze,” fertility testing can be quite helpful to give more insights.
Contact New York Fertility Services to schedule a consultation with Dr. Joel Batzofin, or to reserve a place at one of our egg freezing seminars.