What Is Egg Freezing & How Does It Work?

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Oocyte Cryopreservation

The single most important factor affecting fertility in women is age. In the 21st century women are focusing on education, travel, and career in turn postponing starting a family. In addition, many single women opt to freeze their eggs before they meet their life partner. Eden Centers for Advanced Fertility (Eden) understands priorities change and we would be happy to provide you with options to preserve your fertility.

What is egg freezing?

An egg freezing cycle (mature oocyte cryopreservation) is the process where eggs are retrieved from your ovaries, frozen and stored for your future use. This process allows you to pause your biological clock, providing you the opportunity to use your “younger” eggs that have been preserved.  To complete an egg freezing cycle you undergo controlled ovarian stimulation with fertility drugs, and an egg retrieval. Once the eggs are retrieved they are cryopreserved and stored in our highly advanced IVF laboratory.

Who should freeze their eggs?

  • Women who have not yet found a partner and are not interested in single parenthood.
  • Women interested in delaying pregnancy until they are ready
  • Women with cancer prior to cancer treatment (chemotherapy, radiotherapy)
  • Women at risk for premature ovarian failure
  • Women with a family history of early menopause

How does egg freezing work?

Step 1: Evaluation: Our expert physicians will conduct an evaluation which includes a physical exam, ultrasound, and blood tests. The evaluation assesses your health and ovarian reserve.  

Step 2: Ovarian Stimulation: Based on your results your doctor will develop a stimulation protocol for you. During this process you will administer hormone injections to stimulate your ovaries in order to recruit multiple eggs to be retrieved. Normally your body releases 1-2 eggs each month, however, our goal is to safely retrieve multiple eggs. The stimulation phase lasts approximately two weeks.

Step 3: Monitoring:  Your doctor will monitor the development of your follicles through a series of ultrasounds and blood tests.

Step 4: Retrieval: Once your follicles are ready you will take a “trigger” shot 34-36 hours prior to your retrieval. The egg retrieval process is conducted in a surgery center under light sedation.

Step 5: Freezing: The retrieved mature eggs will be cryopreserved using an advanced freezing method called vitrification to minimize the freezing injury.

Step 6: Storage: Your eggs are stored in liquid nitrogen tanks onsite at Eden. The tanks are monitored 24/7 and back-up systems are used to ensure the care of your eggs.

Other fertility preservation options include embryo freezing, sperm freezing, and ovarian tissue freezing.

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Eden – The Future of Fertility

Eden Centers for Advanced Fertility (Eden) offers patients the most advanced treatment options while providing high quality patient care. Our new facility is the culmination of vision and collaborative efforts. Our board certified physicians use cutting-edge research, new technology, and years of experience to provide patients with advanced fertility treatments. The foundation of Eden rests on three main principles: individualized patient care, excellent medical service, and successful outcomes.

Eden welcomes ALL intended parents from around the world. Our expert physicians use the newest and most advanced assisted reproductive technologies to achieve the highest success rates. We offer a full-spectrum of treatment options and genetic testing. Eden extends a friendly and accepting environment to all of our patients, which includes the LGBTQ+ community. The Eden experience provides comprehensive concierge services and custom treatment plans to fit your unique needs. We are committed to helping you achieve your fertility goals.

Eden’s Facilities

Our physicians offer patients world-class care in Eden’s modern, state-of-the-art fertility treatment in Newport Beach and Fullerton. Eden is committed to providing patients with the most advanced treatment options to achieve the highest pregnancy rates.

Eden’s laboratory and surgery center are located in the relaxing community of Newport Beach, California. Eden’s embryology and clinical laboratories were designed and built by the world-renowned embryologist Dr. David Mortimer. At 20,000 square feet, our brand-new facilities include the latest in IVF fertility treatment, egg freezing, embryology technology and design developments.

Eden Centers for Advanced Fertility – Newport Beach

20360 SW Birch Street

Newport Beach CA 92660

Suite 100: (949) 688-1001   Fax: (949) 688-2191 –

Suite 200: (949) 688-1002   Fax: (949) 688-2192

Toll Free: (855) 566-1616

Newport-Balboa Surgery Center

20360 SW Birch Street, Suite 220

Newport Beach CA 92660

Phone: (949) 688-1003   Fax: (949) 688-2193

Eden Centers for Advanced Fertility – Fullerton

2720 N Harbor Blvd, Suite 220

Fullerton CA 92835

Phone: (657) 243-8300   Fax: (714) 278-4286

Our Services

General Infertility

  • Comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis
  • Ovulation Induction (OI)
  • Controlled Ovarian Stimulation (COS)
  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
  • Donor insemination services
  • Recurrent miscarriage treatment

IVF and ART

  • Egg retrieval
  • In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Embryo Transfer (ET)
  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
  • Assisted Hatching (AH)
  • Blastocyst culture
  • Egg freezing (oocyte freezing)
  • Embryo freezing
  • Sperm freezing
  • Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD or PGT-M)
  • Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGS or PGT-A)
  • Sex Selection/Family Balancing

Third Party Reproduction

  • Donor Egg
  • Donor Sperm
  • Donor Embryo
  • Surrogacy

Reproductive Endocrinology – Disorders

  • PCOS
  • Hirsutism
  • Hyperprolactinemia
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Amenorrhea
  • Congenital anomalies of the reproductive organs
  • Gland disorders
  • Menopause
  • Premature ovulation failure

Advanced Reproductive Surgery

  • Diagnostic and operative laparoscopy
  • Diagnostic and operative hysteroscopy

Andrology/Laboratory Services

  • Semen analysis
  • Semen cryopreservation
  • Endocrine testing
  • Testicular biopsy

Imaging

  • Ultrasound
  • Sonohysterogram
  • Hysterosalpingography (HSG)

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