The Reproductive Medicine Institute Offers Egg Freezing Services
When women opt to delay starting a family, they rely on the Reproductive Medicine Institute’s egg freezing services in Chicago, IL and surrounding areas. Our team of fertility specialists has decades’ worth of collective experience and recognizes that no situation is the same. Whatever your reason for seeking egg freezing services may be, we are here to help. Our primary location in Oak Brook, just outside of Chicago, features an in-vitro fertilization (IVF) laboratory and surgery center as well as a wealth of state-of-the-art technology to ensure your experience is positive. We invite patients throughout the Midwest and beyond to visit us when they are ready to freeze their eggs. Additionally, we welcome individuals who are interested in donating their eggs. We are happy to accept egg donations to help patients who cannot get pregnant on their own. If you are on either side of the fence, call us today to learn more about egg freezing and egg donation.
Recognizing Why Some Choose to Freeze Their Eggs
Modern women are choosing to delay having children until later and later in their lives. Long gone are the days when the typical woman married young, immediately began a family and started managing the household. Roles are evolving, and families are shifting with them. Many women now decide to wait before starting a family because of lifestyle choices, career ambitions, finding the right partner, and various other reasons. Unfortunately, the reproduction timeline is still limited. As women age, their eggs decline in quality and quantity, with that decline accelerating when they are around 28 years old. The Reproductive Medicine Institute aims to support women who want to achieve other dreams before becoming a mother. We use state-of-the-art technology to freeze women’s eggs so that they can maintain their quality over time. Younger eggs carry a lower risk of congenital disabilities and miscarriages.
Determining if You Are a Candidate for Egg Freezing
The ideal age range for women who would like to freeze their eggs is 32-36. However, it should be a consideration for any woman between the ages of 30 and 40 who has normal hormone levels and plans to delay pregnancy. The Reproductive Medicine Institute also recommends egg freezing for women who have undergone medical treatment that could affect the quality or quantity of their remaining eggs. Research shows that egg freezing is cost-effective until age 38. Because of the complexity of the process, you must be able to attend daily appointments for roughly 2-3 weeks to ensure effectiveness.
Understanding the Egg Freezing Process
There have been significant technological advances since the first successful pregnancy using a thawed egg in 1986, but egg freezing is still a relatively new practice. Our team of fertility experts is adept at completing the procedure and will help ensure your comfort and awareness throughout the process, which includes:
1. Initial Consultation
The RMI team will meet with you to discuss what you should expect and answer any questions you have about egg freezing.
At the following appointment, we will conduct an ultrasound and blood tests to evaluate your ovarian reserve and potential for preconception.
Your fertility doctor in Chicago, IL will then review your results, including the likely number of eggs to expect.
4. Medication Regimen
Following your review, we will prescribe a medication regimen that will include an average of three different medications being injected into your abdomen daily for up two weeks to stimulate your ovaries
5. Patient Monitoring
While you are receiving medication, we will monitor you to assess your body’s response, ensuring you are ready for egg retrieval.
6. Egg Retrieval
Our team will administer mild anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the egg retrieval procedure, which usually takes 15-30 minutes. You may experience bloating, spotting, or mild discomfort afterward, but these symptoms will quickly fade. You should be able to return to work the next day.
Finally, we will flash freeze your eggs and store them in cryogenic tanks until you are ready to use them.
Steps to Take When You Are Ready to Get Pregnant
Once you are ready to get pregnant, get in touch with the Reproductive Medicine Institute so that we can initiate the process. Your partner will need to complete some lab tests and provide sperm that we will use to fertilize the egg. When you are ready to begin, we will prescribe medicine that will prepare your uterus. Next, a fertility specialist will thaw your eggs and inject them with sperm before transferring them to your uterus when they are three or five days old. The chances of becoming pregnant as a result are approximately 30%-60%. It will take 10-12 days after embryo transfer until you can be certain if you are pregnant. We will help transition your care to an obstetrician after eight weeks of pregnancy.
Call Reproductive Medicine Institute for Egg Freezing Today
Whether you are career-focused, have not yet found your soulmate, or want to travel the world before getting pregnant, modern technology can help preserve your chances of motherhood. The Reproductive Medicine Institute offers egg freezing services that allow you to keep your eggs youthful even as you age. Young eggs will help you get pregnant when you are finally ready and result in a higher likelihood of a safe, healthy pregnancy. Let our team of fertility specialists in Chicago, IL help you with individualized care. Contact us today to schedule a consultation about egg freezing.