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Freezing Your Eggs in South Dakota
Many women are turning to egg freezing for fertility preservation. With egg freezing, healthy eggs are harvested from a woman and then frozen, so they can be used years later in an IVF cycle. In 2012, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine lifted its “experimental” label for this procedure.
You can choose to freeze your eggs for social or medical reasons. Common social reasons include not yet meeting the right partner or having educational or career goals they’d like to achieve first. Medical reasons include undergoing treatment for certain illnesses, like cancer, that may leave you infertile after.
How Does Egg Freezing Work?
If you are considering freezing your eggs, it’s a good idea to get the process started when you are in your late 20s or early 30s. That’s because your eggs are higher quality when you’re younger, which may make a successful outcome more likely.
At the beginning of the egg freezing process, you’ll undergo some tests like blood work and ultrasounds. They you’ll start on fertility drugs for ovarian stimulation to help increase the number of healthy eggs for harvesting. When your eggs have matured, you’ll be given a “trigger shot” to begin the retrieval process, which will begin about 36 hours later. Then, while you’re under anesthesia, your fertility doctor will harvest your eggs using an ultrasound-guided needle.
Once harvested, your eggs will then be frozen. Many clinics now use a process called vitrification, a rapid-freezing technique that freezes the eggs without allowing harmful ice crystals to form. When you’re ready to use them, they’ll be thawed.
Where Can I Freeze My Eggs?
FertilityAuthority.com has a database of reproductive endocrinologists in South Dakota. To find one near you, type in your zip code in the “Find a Doctor” or “Find a Clinic” search on our website.