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Egg Freezing

Daniel Rostein, MD, FACOG

Fertility Specialist & Fertility Clinic located in Oak Brook, IL

Whether you want to wait to have children or have a health condition that threatens your fertility, egg freezing preserves your eggs for the future. Infertility specialist and board-certified gynecologist Daniel Rostein, MD, FACOG, in Oak Brook, Illinois, works closely with each woman, providing information they need to make decisions and performing successful egg-freezing procedures. Call the office today or request an appointment online to learn if egg freezing is the right choice for you.

Egg Freezing Q & A

What is egg freezing?

Egg freezing allows you to store your eggs now, then use them later when you decide to have a baby. Dr. Rostein removes eggs from your ovaries, quickly freezes them, and stores them in liquid nitrogen.

When you’re ready to have a baby, he carefully thaws the eggs. He fertilizes them in the lab using sperm from your partner or a donor (a process called in vitro fertilization).

After choosing the healthiest embryo (and performing genetic testing if needed), Dr. Rostein implants the embryo into your uterus.

When would I need egg freezing?

Women decide to freeze and store their eggs for many personal and health reasons. You may want to postpone having children until your 30s or later and wish to avoid infertility caused by aging eggs.

If you’re diagnosed with early menopause or primary ovarian insufficiency (your ovaries don’t function properly), Dr. Rostein can retrieve the eggs in your ovaries and freeze them.

One of the most common reasons women freeze their eggs is to protect them from the effects of chemotherapy or radiation therapy. While these are crucial for treating cancer, they can damage your ovaries or uterus and trigger early menopause.

Dr. Rostein can freeze eggs any time after puberty, making it possible to preserve fertility in teens diagnosed with cancer.

What happens during egg freezing?

The eggs in your ovaries are in an undeveloped (immature) state. During each menstrual cycle, several eggs start developing, and one fully matures and leaves the ovary.

While it’s possible to freeze immature eggs, you have a better chance of a successful pregnancy if Dr. Rostein freezes mature eggs. That’s why you’ll take medications to increase the number of mature eggs before he removes them.

You inject the medications for about two weeks. During that time, Dr. Rostein uses ultrasound and blood tests to carefully monitor the eggs’ growth inside your ovaries. He removes the eggs as soon as testing reveals they’re mature.

During the procedure, he uses ultrasound imaging to guide a needle through the wall of the vagina and into the ovaries. Gentle suction pulls the eggs from the ovaries into the needle, then they’re quickly frozen.

Call Daniel Rostein, MD, or book online if you have questions about egg freezing or want to schedule a consultation to discuss your options.