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What To Expect During The Egg Freezing Process

There are a variety of reasons why individuals are waiting to have a child, from being emotionally, financially, and physically ready, to finding the right partner to start a family with. Simultaneously, the amount of eggs in the body decreases as time goes by. Fertility in women is greater between the ages of 20 and 28 years old, but not everyone is ready to start a family during this time. With egg freezing North Carolina, individuals and couples have the option to preserve their eggs to fertilize at a later date. The egg freezing procedure can be done for most women in their child-bearing years and involves a similar process to egg retrieval for in-vitro fertilization. Here is a breakdown of the egg freezing NC procedure and what patients can expect after the process has been completed.

Before Retrieval

The egg retrieval procedure begins with a consultation and prescreening lab work, consisting of hormonal lab testing, pre-conceptual screening, and ovarian and uterine evaluations. Once the patient is ready, they will meet with a nurse to discuss the procedure and how to administer the medication to stimulate egg production during the target cycle. Lab work and monitoring will be done to ensure proper egg growth. A final injection will be administered to prepare the eggs for retrieval.

Retrieval Process

36 hours after the last injection, the eggs will be recovered vaginally while the patient is under sedation in their chosen reproductive medicine North Carolina clinic. During the procedure, an ultrasound probe will be inserted into the vagina to locate the ovarian follicles. A needle is then placed into the follicle and suction is used to remove the ovum. This process is then repeated until all of the desired eggs are retrieved.


After the unfertilized eggs have been gathered, they are frozen to preserve them for future fertilization. From screening to egg freezing North Carolina, the process takes about two months. Cramping, pressure, and bloating are common for a few weeks after retrieval, but severe bleeding and fevers should be reported to the physician.

Future Use Of The Eggs

Once the patient is ready to use the frozen eggs, they will be thawed, fertilized with sperm in a lab, and placed into the uterus of the patient or a gestational carrier. The younger the patient was at the time of the freezing, the higher chance of having a baby with the frozen eggs. Patients are still susceptible to pregnancy if they have unprotected sex after the egg freezing procedure.

NCCRM | Egg Freezing North Carolina

From an egg freezing procedure to gynecological services, we assist patients with any and all of their reproductive and gynecology needs. NCCRM is dedicated to aiding every patient and family that comes through our doors. For more information about egg freezing North Carolina or any of our other services, please visit our website.

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