Using Frozen Eggs

The physicians at Fertility Answers explain the process of using frozen eggs

Fertility Answers has seen more women visiting our Lafayette fertility center and other clinic locations for egg freezing to preserve their future fertility. If you’re interested in using egg freezing to delay motherhood, our physicians will not only explain what to expect during the egg freezing process, but also what to expect when you’re ready to get pregnant.

While our Lafayette fertility center has on-site storage for frozen eggs, these locations are only designed for short-term storage. The purpose of temporary storage is to keep frozen eggs in our IVF labs for upcoming IVF cycles.

When you undergo egg freezing for the purpose of fertility preservation, your frozen eggs will go to a reputable and credentialed long-term storage facility. Before you can start using frozen eggs to get pregnant, you will retrieve them from storage by signing requisition forms. Once you’ve signed the necessary forms, the long-term storage facility can transfer your eggs to one of our IVF labs.

Getting pregnant with frozen eggs requires multiple steps

When you’re ready to get pregnant using your frozen eggs, you begin the final stages of IVF.

  • First, your eggs will be thawed. About 90% of frozen eggs survive the freezing and thawing process.
  • Next, your thawed eggs will be fertilized with your partner’s sperm in one of our state-of-the-art IVF labs. Approximately 75% of thawed eggs will be successfully fertilized. If necessary, the embryologist may use a fertilization technique known as intracytoplasmic sperm injection, ICSI, to ensure that sperm fertilizes your eggs.
  • Then, you will come to our Lafayette fertility center for embryo transfer.
  • Finally, your physician will carefully monitor you in the days and weeks following the procedure for signs of pregnancy. The younger you are when you freeze your eggs, the more likely you are to get pregnant from these frozen and thawed eggs.

If you would like to learn more about egg freezing at Fertility Answers, please contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our physicians can help you preserve your fertility.