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Everything You Need to Know About Freezing Your Eggs

scientist handling oocytes and sperm for cryopreservation to be stored in liquid nitrogen.

Egg freezing and IVF are two different things

Although egg retrieval is part of both procedures, the goal with in vitro fertilization (IVF) is usually to get pregnant and have a baby as soon as possible.”When those eggs are retrieved with IVF, they are fertilized with sperm to create an embryo that’s transferred to the woman’s uterus,” explains Joshua Klein, MD, chief medical officer and reproductive endocrinologist at Extend Fertility in New York City. “While, with egg freezing, the process is complete after the egg retrievalthere’s no creation of an embryo, because the goal for now is simply to preserve a woman’s unfertilized eggs for the future.”

There are many reasons women choose to freeze their eggs

Many people think egg freezing is for women later in their childbearing years who are running out of time, but this is not always the case. “Egg freezing is viewed as a way to stop the ‘biological clock,’ but it provides many other options than that,” explains Melvin H. Thornton, MD, medical director at CT Fertility. “Even if you’re still in your early childbearing years but not ready to start your family just yet, freezing your eggs sooner rather than later improves your odds of having a baby in the future.” Here’s what else a fertility expert wants you to know about how to get pregnant.

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