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Freezing Your Eggs in Montana
Egg freezing is a fertility-preserving option for women who know they'd like to have a child one day, but feel like the time now isn't quite right to do so.
This process has recently grown in popularity, as many women are now electing to freeze their eggs for social reasons, like if they haven't yet met the right partner or if they have some career goals they'd like to achieve first. Others freeze their eggs for medical reasons, such as cancer treatments that may leave them infertile.
Egg freezing generally has the highest likelihood of success if a woman freezes her eggs while she's in her late 20s or early 30s, since egg quality declines as a woman ages.
How does egg freezing work?
Before you begin the actual egg freezing process, your fertility doctor will complete a number of tests, including lab work and an ultrasound. You will then take fertility drugs for ovarian stimulation, which helps increase the number of viable eggs you can produce for harvesting. When these eggs are ready, your fertility doctor will give you a "trigger shot," to prepare for the retrieval process.
Egg retrieval occurs about 36 hours after your trigger shot. Your fertility doctor will use an ultrasound-guided needle to remove egg follicles from you. Don't worry, this won't hurt--you'll be under anesthesia. After the eggs are harvested, they will be frozen in a process called vitrification, a flash-freezing technique that preserves egg quality by preventing ice crystal formation. These eggs remain frozen until you are ready to use them.
Where can I freeze my eggs?
There are no fertility clinics in Montana that currently offer egg freezing. If you are interested in learning more about the procedure, you may benefit from contacting fertility clinics in the nearby states of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon which offer the procedure.