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Freezing Your Eggs in Idaho
If you know you eventually want to have a child, but the time isn’t right for it now, you may want to consider freezing your eggs. Egg freezing is a fertility-preserving option that has grown in popularity recently for a number of reasons. Some women choose to freeze their eggs for social reasons—such as if you haven’t yet found the right partner or still have educational or career goals you’d like to attain—while others freeze for medical reasons.
Because egg quality is highest when a woman is younger, egg freezing is most effective and has the best outcomes if a woman freezes her eggs before she is 35. Fertility clinics encourage women to consider this option when they are in their late 20s or early 30s.
How egg freezing works
Once you find a fertility clinic that has experience in success egg freezing, your fertility doctor will take some tests, including lab work and an ultrasound. Then, for the actual process, you will take fertility drugs for ovarian stimulation, which will help multiply the number of healthy eggs produced for harvesting. When your eggs are ready, you’ll be given a “trigger shot,” which prepares eggs for retrieval.
About 36 hours after the trigger shot, you’ll be ready for egg retrieval. While you are under anesthesia, your fertility doctor will use an ultrasound-guided needed to suction out egg follicles in the ovaries. Then, they are frozen quickly through a process called vitrification. They are stored in a frozen state until they are thawed when you’re ready to use them.
Where can I freeze my eggs?
If you are interested in freezing your eggs, check to see if your fertility clinic has a successful history on performing the procedure. There is one fertility clinic in Idaho, the Idaho Center for Reproductive Medicine, that offers this technique