Oregon Reproductive Medicine helps women
More women are waiting longer to start a family, and our Egg Freezing program allows ample time for family planning.
Why Egg Freezing?
Egg freezing, or oocyte cryopreservation, is a process in which a woman’s eggs (oocytes) are extracted, frozen and stored as a method to preserve reproductive potential in women of reproductive age. Biologically, it is easier to get pregnant before age 30. However, due to professional, social, or health reasons, a woman might not be ready to get pregnant at that time and she might want to defer having a child until the time is right for her.
Understanding the normal age effect on future fertility, these women may seek out treatments to remove and freeze eggs to be saved for potential use in the future.
Advancements in Egg Freezing
Oocyte cryopreservation has advanced greatly over the past few years, with improved overall success of eggs surviving the freezing process. It is no longer considered an experimental procedure by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. The techniques leading to enhanced gamete survival, potential fertilization and live birth rates allow women a much greater degree of autonomy than was possible even in the past 5 years.
Speak with a Fertility Specialist
Before starting a freezing cycle, a woman would need to speak with a fertility specialist (reproductive endocrinologist) who will offer screening tests (blood work and ultrasound) to determine if egg freezing is appropriate for her.
Every woman is different regarding the effects of age on her fertility, keep in mind; some women into their early 40s do not suffer infertility. However, most experts agree that elective egg freezing is most successful for woman younger than 38 years of age.
Common Questions About Egg Freezing
Will my insurance cover egg freezing?
Most insurance plans do not cover elective egg freezing. However, for patients at high risk for premature menopause (menopause before 40)–i.e. patients about to undergo certain cancer treatments–some insurances might offer partial or complete coverage.
Are there options for preserving fertility in women who have been newly diagnosed with cancer?
Yes! We are able to freeze eggs or fertilized eggs (embryos) before your cancer treatment begins. This way, you may be able to have children after your treatment. This process is called cryopreservation or freezing. The kind of cancer you have determines what your options are. Please read more about our Fast Track Program and other available resources.
Are there options for preserving fertility in men who have been newly diagnosed with cancer?
Yes! Sperm can be collected and frozen for later use before cancer treatment is started. This way, you may be able to have children after your treatment. This process is called cryopreservation or freezing. The kind of cancer you have and the treatments you will receive can determine what your options are.