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Freezing Your Eggs in Virginia

Egg freezing is a fertility-preserving procedure where a woman puts her fertility on hold by freezing her eggs when they are healthy and viable.

Women choose to freeze their eggs for many reasons. Maybe they haven’t yet found the right partner, the time isn’t right, or they are undergoing a medical procedure that may harm their fertility. Whatever the reason, egg freezing can help relieve stress by giving the woman peace of mind that her eggs are available whenever she wants to use them.

Because eggs are healthier when a woman is younger, egg freezing generally works best if they are frozen when you are in your 20s or early 30s.

How Does Egg Freezing Work?

Egg freezing will start like an IVF cycle, with fertility drugs for ovarian stimulation. This helps you produce multiple eggs which will later be harvested. The entire ovarian stimulation process takes a couple of weeks.

When your eggs are ready, you’ll be given a trigger shot that will prepare your body for egg retrieval, which will take place about 36 hours later. While you’re under anesthesia, your fertility doctor will retrieve your eggs using an ultrasound-guided hollow needle. The entire process takes about 15 minutes.

Then, your eggs will be frozen. This is now usually done with a process called vitrification, a flash-freezing technique that preserves egg quality during thaw.

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