The Fertility & Gynecology Center - Monterey Bay IVF
Edward J. Ramirez, MD, FACOG
Infertility & Fertility Preservation Specialist & General Gynecology & Minimally Invasive Surgery located in Monterey, CA
The Fertility & Gynecology Center - Monterey Bay IVF in Monterey, California, offers comprehensive cryopreservation services to safeguard fertility. Edward Ramirez, MD, FACOG, and his team work closely with many women with cancer or other underlying health issues to freeze healthy eggs and protect their ability to have children later. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of cryopreservation, schedule a consultation with the team at The Fertility & Gynecology Center - Monterey Bay IVF by phone or book online today.
Cryopreservation Q & A
What is cryopreservation?
Cryopreservation is a procedure that freezes your eggs to preserve and extend your fertility. You can later use the eggs to conceive a pregnancy at a later date.
The team at The Fertility & Gynecology Center - Monterey Bay IVF recommends women younger than 38, freeze 15-20 mature eggs to give a 70%-80% chance of at least one live birth. Women 38-40 should freeze 25-30 mature eggs to encourage a 65%-75% chance of at least one live birth.
Why should I consider cryopreservation?
There are several reasons why you may wish to consider cryopreservation. Dr. Ramirez may recommend cryopreservation if:
You’re not ready
If you’re not yet ready to start a family in your early 20s due to your career, education, or because you’re waiting for the right partner, you may be a candidate for cryopreservation.
Biological clock uncertainty
If you have concerns about your ability to conceive a child in the future because you’re waiting too long, cryopreservation can extend your fertility options.
Underlying medical issues
If you have underlying health issues that could affect your ability to conceive a child, you may want to consider cryopreservation. Examples of medical conditions that can affect your fertility include:
- Premature ovarian failure
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
By freezing your eggs when you’re still relatively healthy, you can keep your options open for starting a family later.
What’s involved in cryopreservation?
Before the cryopreservation process, Dr. Ramirez meets with you to discuss your options and evaluate your current fertility potential with ovarian reserve testing. This test and a review of your medical history help Dr. Ramirez create the right plan for freezing your eggs now and using them in the future. He can also recommend how many eggs you should freeze.
Moving forward, Dr. Ramirez retrieves your eggs and uses vitrification or a flash-freezing process. The eggs stay suspended in time at the same quality they have when frozen to ensure they are of the highest quality when you’re ready to use them.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of cryopreservation, schedule a consultation with the team at The Fertility & Gynecology Center - Monterey Bay IVF. Call the office or book an appointment online today.