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Freezing Your Eggs in Tucson, AZ
Egg freezing is a procedure that allows you to preserve your fertility. Eggs are frozen when they are healthy and viable so they can be used in the future to produce a pregnancy.
Women can choose to delay childbearing by freezing their eggs for a number of reasons. Some social reasons include not yet having found the right partner or having career or educational goals they’d like to achieve first. Other women may choose egg freezing more medical reasons, like undergoing certain medical treatments like chemotherapy that can impair fertility.
There is one fertility center in Tucson that offers egg freezing: the Arizona Center for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
What to Know About Egg Freezing
Egg freezing begins with the same hormone injection regimen for ovarian stimulation that you’d go through with IVF. The only difference, of course, is after your eggs are harvested, they will be frozen.
The entire process will take a couple of weeks. You’ll take fertility drugs to help you produce multiple eggs, and when those eggs are ready, you’ll be given a trigger shot for egg retrieval. While you are under general anesthesia, your fertility doctor will harvest your eggs using an ultrasound-guided hollow needle.
Then comes the actual freezing process. Fertility clinics now tend to use a process called vitrification to do this. This is a new, rapid-freezing procedure that freezes the eggs without the formation of potentially-damaging ice crystals.
Egg Freezing Costs
Egg freezing can be expensive—one cycle can range anywhere from $6,500 to $18,000, depending on fertility clinic and location.