Popular blogger and reporter, Radell Peischler, turned to SGF Co-Founder, Arthur Sagoskin, M.D., to get the facts on the egg freezing process at Shady Grove Fertility. Egg freezing is an incredibly personal decision and one that takes thought and consideration. The best way to make the decision to freeze your eggs is to have as much information as possible.
Radell: Tell us about your facility and the services you provide to women interested in egg freezing.
Dr. Sagoskin: The best family planning decisions come from a place of experience. Shady Grove Fertility is a leader in reproductive research and technological development. Being able to give women who are contemplating freezing their eggs actual data, based on such extensive, unique research, and significant experience in the process, is reassuring for both myself, as a clinician, but also for prospective patients.
Radell: What would be your advice to a woman considering egg freezing?
Dr. Sagoskin: Fertility preservation gives many women the ability to be flexible in their family planning. If you’re considering freezing your eggs, consulting with a fertility specialist and having your fertility tested can be largely beneficial. Working with a physician to understand your test results will help empower you to make a decision about your future family and what might be best for you. SGF will be with you every step of the way to educate you on your options and support you when you are ready to make a decision.
Radell: Does tobacco, drug, or alcohol use affect egg quality? Are there other dietary considerations for women considering this process?
Dr. Sagoskin: Quitting smoking and certain risk behaviors such as excessive drinking and use of illegal substances are critical when thinking about egg quality. Maintaining a healthy weight and diet, as well as getting regular exercise can help when preparing to freeze your eggs.
Radell: Several years ago it was declared that egg freezing no longer be consider experimental for certain populations. What would you say are the remaining limitations or hurdles before egg freezing is fully non-experimental?
Dr. Sagoskin: Egg freezing is no longer considered experimental. However, what’s critical to note is not every IVF laboratory has the expertise and experience to vitrify [flash-freeze] eggs well and have them survive the thaw, fertilize, and develop into an embryo that will allow a pregnancy and delivery. There are programs that have never shown this or have had limited success. The techniques used to freeze and thaw eggs involves specific, highly specialized protocols, a great deal of experience by the embryologist, and very careful and precise technical skill.
Radell: How long can eggs be frozen before they’re not viable?
Dr. Sagoskin: The good news is that eggs can be frozen indefinitely with vitrification technology. However, our age cutoff for women returning to use their frozen eggs is a patient’s 51st birthday.
Radell: What do you see as the future of egg freezing?
Dr. Sagoskin: We are always striving to improve outcomes by constantly attempting to improve our methods of egg vitrification and thawing. However, the future of egg freezing is actually now. It allows women to make choices about their future without the concern of their “biological clock,” as long as the eggs are vitrified at an early enough age. In reality, it is actually an insurance policy, which may never be used.
The best way to get your questions answered is to schedule a consultation with an SGF physician. Your care team will be able to assist you every step of the egg freezing process.
To learn more about egg freezing at Shady Grove Fertility or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-411-9292 or submit this brief online form.