Adore Fertility offers egg preservation for women who wish to preserve their eggs prior to cancer treatments, for those delaying parenthood to focus on career, or for other lifestyle reasons. The preservation process consists of cryopreserving (freezing) eggs which can later be thawed, fertilized, and placed back inside the uterus when a woman is ready to start a family.
During the process, the ovaries are stimulated with medication to mature multiple eggs, similar to the beginning stages of an IVF cycle. Before the eggs can be released, they are retrieved using a procedure known as ultrasound-guided transvaginal aspiration. During this procedure, an ultrasound probe helps the physician visualize the ovaries and surrounding structures, and gentle suction removes the egg and fluid from each follicle. In the laboratory, each is an egg is prepared for freezing then placed on a labeled cryodevice. After the eggs are frozen, they are stored in a cryostorage tank submerged under liquid nitrogen at -196 degrees Celsius. The frozen eggs can be stored indefinitely until the woman is ready to start a family.
After eggs are thawed, ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) must be performed to achieve fertilization. During ICSI a single sperm is injected directly into an egg, creating an embryo. Embryos are cultured in an incubator for several days to allow them to grow. One embryo then can be transferred into the uterus to attempt pregnancy while the extra embryos can be frozen for future use. Alternatively, all of the embryos can be frozen for future pregnancy attempts.