Conceiving with frozen eggs can help you welcome a healthy baby at the right time
There’s no denying that egg freezing has become a popular way to postpone motherhood. This type of fertility preservation allows women to focus on their educational, personal and professional goals without worrying about the biological clock. As more patients learn about this option, we’ve been hearing more questions about conceiving with frozen eggs.
The team at our Dallas-Fort Worth infertility clinic is here to help you understand more than just the initial egg freezing process. We also provide the information you need about welcoming a baby using these eggs in the future.
How does conceiving with frozen eggs work?
You’re likely already familiar with the basic egg freezing steps. However, here is a quick overview.
- You’ll take injectable fertility medications to stimulate egg development and maturation.
- When your eggs are mature, you’ll take a shot to trigger ovulation, or release the eggs.
- About 36 hours later, you’ll have an egg retrieval procedure at our clinic.
- Embryologists in the IVF lab will freeze your eggs using a technique called vitrification.
If you plan to store your eggs longer than a few weeks or months, we will send your frozen eggs to a secure, long-term storage facility. Your eggs will remain there until you are ready to become a mother.
Once you decide you’re ready to try for pregnancy, conceiving with frozen eggs is the next step. Essentially, this is IVF with frozen eggs. You’ll start by signing paperwork to have your frozen eggs transferred from the storage facility to our Dallas-Fort Worth infertility clinic.
An embryologist will then thaw one or more of your eggs before fertilizing them with sperm. The sperm can come from your partner or your chosen sperm donor. During this time, you will take medications to help prepare your uterus for the next steps. When your womb is ready, your doctor will transfer an embryo into your uterus. This occurs during a short outpatient procedure.
What happens after IVF?
Once you’ve had an embryo transfer, the next step is waiting two weeks to take a pregnancy test. Our Dallas-Fort Worth infertility clinic team knows that it can be hard to wait. However, testing too early can result in a false negative, which no one wants to see. By testing at the right time, you can get accurate information and hopefully celebrate with our team.
If you’d like to learn more about conceiving with frozen eggs, contact us to schedule an appointment. Our team looks forward to helping you become a mother when you’re ready by using IVF with frozen eggs.