There are 3 big reasons you should consider freezing your eggs before you undergo chemotherapy treatment for cancer:
- Your future egg quality could be damaged,
- Your ovarian functioning could be destroyed, and
- By freezing your eggs before chemo treatment, you will have the ability to be biologically connected to your child through in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Egg Freezing Before Chemotherapy
Oocyte cryopreservation – freezing your eggs for future family planning – provides hope for women who are facing cancer and chemotherapy treatment.
The Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) practice of freezing eggs has actually progressed to a standard option for women desirous of becoming pregnant at some point in their future through in vitro fertilization (IVF), according to Dr. George Kofinas – a pioneering doctor of ART – who specializes in oocyte cryopreservation in conjunction with IVF.
Egg Freezing Programs
Kofinas Fertility Institute offers some of the most affordable and flexible plans for achieving your goal of freezing your eggs before chemotherapy treatment. Egg freezing options for women hoping to achieve a successful pregnancy after undergoing chemo consist of:
- Single Cycle Egg Freezing Assurance Discount Plan (1 cycle); and
- Multi Cycle Egg Freezing Assurance Discount Plan (up to 3 cycles or a total of 15 eggs – first to occur.
- How the Egg Freezing Process Works for Women Before Chemotherapy
A woman who is facing chemotherapy treatment for cancer will undergo the standard IVF hormonal injection and retrieval procedure – taking between 4 to 6 weeks – as that is performed in a Standard IVF Treatment single cycle process, including:
- 2 to 4 weeks of hormone injections and birth control pills to temporarily cease a woman’s natural hormone production.
- 10 to 14 days of hormone injections to stimulate a woman’s ovaries into the production of multiple quality eggs.
Once matured, the eggs are retrieved with an aspiration needle that is placed within the woman’s ovary under ultrasound guidance.
Instead of fertilizing the eggs and transferring the resulting embryos into a woman’s uterus shortly after retrieval, the eggs are frozen through the vitrification (ultrarapid freezing) method.
This egg freezing process is performed in a state of the art laboratory environment and is medically termed oocyte cryopreservation.
At the patient’s selected optimal time for becoming pregnant in the future:
- The eggs are thawed in the laboratory environment,
- The eggs are individually injected with a sperm to achieve fertilization into viable embryos, and
- The embryos are transferred to the woman’s uterus to achieve pregnancy.
Stellar Guidance for Freezing Your Eggs Before Chemotherapy
Dr. George Kofinas is a pioneering doctor of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) – spiriting the practice of successfully freezing eggs – for over 10 years. Dr. Kofinas has been selected by New York magazine as one of the Best Doctors in the tri-state area, year after year, for over 18 years, and he has also been chosen annually as a Top Doctor in Brooklyn.
To receive the answers to the questions you have about egg freezing before chemo, please accept this invitation to contact Kofinas Fertility Institute.