Recent advances in assisted reproductive technologies have given women more options and choices for building families than ever before. Increasingly popular options for women are oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing) and embryo cryopreservation (embryo freezing) for future use, giving them flexibility in family planning. CWRC is pleased to offer the most advanced procedures available from our experienced and exemplary faculty of Columbia University Medical Center. Our physicians are happy to discuss your individual needs and the comparative advantages of these treatment options with you.

What is egg freezing?
Women freeze their eggs for various reasons; for example:

  • a diagnosis of cancer—many women choose to freeze eggs prior to cancer therapy
  • premature ovarian failure
  • rapidly declining ovarian function
  • delaying child-bearing for personal and situational reasons
  • taking advantage of optimal egg viability for future conception

Egg freezing is a treatment option very similar to a typical IVF cycle.  The process lasts approximately 2 weeks and entails giving yourself daily hormone injections to stimulate the ovaries and coming to our Center for monitoring the growth of the egg follicles (using blood work and ultrasounds). The eggs are then retrieved while the patient is under deep sedation and the eggs are then frozen. When a patient elects to use the eggs in the future, they will be thawed and combined with sperm from a male partner or a sperm donor.

What is embryo freezing?
Women seek egg and embryo freezing for similar reasons. The main difference is that instead of freezing unfertilized eggs, in embryo freezing the eggs are fertilized with sperm from a male partner or sperm donor prior to freezing.  Embryo freezing is a more established treatment option with excellent success rates (25-50% pregnancy per frozen embryo transfer), whereas egg freezing is newer with less data available. Any normal remaining embryos after IVF may also be frozen for implantation at a later time.
What is the first step?
To get started, simply schedule an appointment with one of our doctors. They will assess what is the most appropriate option for you and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each choice. To make an appointment, please call one of our Admissions Counselors at (646) 756-8294. They will also help you understand how insurance coverage works when it comes to fertility preservation.
Recently diagnosed with cancer?
We understand that time is of the essence and that your health comes first. Therefore, CWRC has gone the extra mile in creating one of the most sensitive and longstanding oncofertility programs in the nation, led by our Oncofertility Director Dr. Janet Choi.

Note there is help when it comes to paying for embryo and egg freezing, as well as the medications required:

  • A discounted rate and free medications for treatment may be available through CWRC’s partnership with Fertile Hope
  • Free medications are also provided by the Walgreens Heart Beat program for qualified patients.
  • CWRC is proud to offer alternative options for those who may not qualify for the programs above. Please call to speak with one of our Fertility Preservation Coordinators to learn more about these options.

Getting Started

To get started, please call (646) 756-8294 and speak to one of our Fertility Preservation Coordinators. They will help you coordinate your care, schedule an appointment, answer any questions or concerns you may have and link you to the many resources available. Our goal is to make an appointment for you within three business days.