Egg Freezing in Flowood, MS

Preserve your fertility by freezing your eggs for future family planning.

Egg freezing, also known as Oocyte Cryopreservation, is a process that helps women conserve their fertility. For women who may not be ready to become pregnant, egg freezing can help them preserve their reproductive abilities for the future. Elective oocyte cryopreservation is becoming more common as many women take a more proactive role in their future reproductive autonomy.

Who May Get This Treatment

PCOS can lead to a reduced egg supply, so egg freezing allows women to save their eggs for later use.

Freezing your eggs before undergoing chemotherapy can protect them from chemo’s effects.

Endometriosis can also cause infertility, but egg freezing may help improve the chances of successful conception.

Those who want to pursue a career before starting a family may consider egg freezing.

The Process

This process usually takes 2 to 3 weeks and is timed to line up with one’s menstrual cycle to get the best egg stimulation. Here are some insights into the overall process and what it usually entails.

Step 1: Medical exam

  • To begin freezing your eggs, you will need to schedule a consultation. During this initial meeting, our medical team will conduct a comprehensive medical evaluation, which includes a review of your medical history, blood work, and hormone testing.
  • A transvaginal ultrasound will assess your ovarian reserve through an antral follicle count (AFC), determining the number of eggs remaining in your ovaries.
  • We will outline a recommended stimulation protocol to optimize the number of eggs that can be safely retrieved without risking ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). OHSS is a potential reaction that can respond to the hormonal injections during ovarian stimulation.
  • We will also estimate the number of eggs we expect to retrieve and provide instructions for taking the necessary medications to prepare for egg retrieval.

Step 2: Stimulation and Monitoring

  • To synchronize the response of your follicles to stimulation medications, we may recommend taking birth control pills or other medications, such as estrogen, Lupron, or Aygestin, depending on test results and your current menstrual cycle. These medications are typically taken during your period or immediately after ovulation, and you’ll be monitored via blood tests or ultrasounds to ensure you start the stimulation injections at the appropriate time.
  • Once cleared to start injections, you’ll be given detailed instructions on self-administer the medication. The standard protocol involves taking gonadotropins, which stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs for 10-12 consecutive days. During this time, your medication dose may adjust based on how your body responds to the injections.
  • By day 5-7, your ovaries may enlarge, so you may be advised to avoid strenuous activities. You’ll typically have 3-5 monitoring visits during the stimulation phase to assess the follicles’ progress. Once the follicles reach an adequate size, you’ll receive a trigger shot, usually containing human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), Lupron, or a combination.

Step 3: Retrieval

  • Egg retrieval, or egg harvesting, is extracting eggs from the ovaries. This procedure is done in-office at our Flowood, MS, location. At the start, an IV will be administered to provide general anesthesia, rendering you unconscious.
  • We will then use a transvaginal ultrasound probe with a needle to access your follicles under ultrasound guidance. The fluid containing the eggs will be aspirated and collected into tubes, then passed on to an embryologist for examination.
  • This entire process typically takes around 10 to 20 minutes to complete. Upon awakening, we will inform you of the number of eggs collected, which can vary depending on several factors, with age and ovarian reserve being the most significant.
  • Generally, individuals aged 40 and above tend to have fewer eggs retrieved than those younger or under 35.

Step 4: Freezing and Recovery

  • It is common to experience cramping, bloating, constipation, and vaginal spotting within 24 hours after egg retrieval. Most patients can alleviate their discomfort using over-the-counter pain relievers or heating pads. However, if you encounter severe abdominal pain, dizziness, or heavy vaginal bleeding, it is crucial to contact us immediately.
  • Following egg retrieval, the mature eggs collected will be rapidly frozen using liquid nitrogen to minimize the development of ice crystals on the eggs. This process is known as vitrification and aims to enhance egg survival rates.

About Our Lab

Mississippi Reproductive Medicine’s CAP-accredited laboratory has state-of-the-art technology and equipment to ensure patients receive quality care.

FAQ

Where do we store your eggs?
Eggs are stored in secure tanks filled with liquid nitrogen. They are monitored closely and remain at extremely low temperatures, allowing them to be preserved for many years without damage. You can have your eggs shipped to other clinics or facilities nationwide for additional storage and treatment options at any time after treatment.
What happens to the eggs in the case of a power outage?
Back-up generators power the tanks in the event of mechanical failure. These are checked routinely and kept on-site in case of a power outage. Our tanks are also programmed with alarms that will sound in the event of an emergency or sudden change in temperature. If this occurs, our staff is trained to quickly replenish the liquid nitrogen and ensure the tanks remain at an optimal temperature.
How long do we hold your eggs?
Your eggs can be stored as long as you like. There is a nominal annual fee for storage. We can store the eggs indefinitely until released by the patient or requested to be moved. If you wish to have your eggs held at another clinic, we will work with that clinic to ensure all necessary paperwork is completed and the shipment is handled safely.
How many eggs can we hold per person?
We can hold as many eggs as you would like to store. In general, the younger a patient is at the time of egg freezing, the more eggs are usually stored. However, if you should have a fewer number of eggs retrieved, a repeat cycle allows for additional eggs to be stored.
How much does the procedure cost?
The retrieving procedure and process of preparing your body for retrieval are different for everyone depending on their age, timing of egg freezing and ovarian reserve. Most patients can achieve a successful cycle on average of $8000 (medications purchased separately).
How much does it cost to store my eggs?
The initial egg preservation cycle includes the initial cost and storage for the first year. If you continue to store eggs after a year, a small annual fee is required (usually around $650/year).