Embryos are created through in vitro fertilization and frozen for later use using vitrification. It is a method for preserving fertility when eggs are still developing in preparation for a future pregnancy.
Process of Procedure
You must first visit a fertility clinic to receive a thorough evaluation from a reproductive endocrinologist (REI) before the egg freezing procedure can start. What you can usually anticipate will occur is as follows:
They’ll review your medical history, test your fertility hormones and blood, conduct a physical examination, and use a vaginal ultrasound to determine your AFC, or antral follicle count (the number of eggs in your ovaries at that point in time, aka your ovarian reserve).
You’ll explain egg freezing with the doctor (which you’ll already be knowledgeable about thanks to this post!) and after receiving the results of your test, make an appointment.
After that, the clinic will create your special action plan, or “stimulation protocol.” Your precise stimulation routine will be created for you in order to increase the quantity of mature eggs obtained and decrease the possibility of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), which very rarely occurs during the course of fertility treatment when a significant number of follicles are present.
Additionally, you’ll discuss with your doctor how many eggs you can anticipate retrieving following stimulation (we’ll cover this briefly below). Before you have enough eggs for in-vitro fertilization (IVF), the process that will allow you to fertilize and implant the frozen eggs after thawing, you might find that you need more than one round of egg retrieval.
A nurse will meet with you to go over your medications, how to mix and administer them to yourself, a schedule for your visit, and an estimated time frame for the egg retrieval procedure.
After the Procedure:
Within a week of egg retrieval, you can usually return to your regular routine. To avoid an unwanted pregnancy, stay away from unprotected sex.
If any of these conditions apply to you:
A temperature greater than 101.5° F (38.6 C).
Terrible stomach pain.
More than 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms) of weight gain in a 24-hour cycle.
More than two pads are filled per hour during heavy vaginal bleeding.