Using frozen eggs
For women who froze their eggs with our sister practice, Extend Fertility, we offer an opportunity to use those frozen eggs with the same physicians and laboratory team with whom you froze—for a seamless, high-quality experience.
And for women who froze their eggs with another clinic, we’ll help arrange for safe and expeditious transport of your frozen eggs to our facility, and communicate with your previous provider to gather all of the necessary information to ensure clinical and scientific excellence.
First, the eggs are carefully thawed in a highly controlled lab environment. Then, they are combined with sperm from a partner or a sperm donor in individual culture dishes. Their fertilization and development into blastocysts, or mature embryos, is supported in a highly specialized, incubated environment over the next 5–6 days. At that point, the blastocysts can be analyzed to verify that the embryos are genetically normal and capable of resulting in a healthy pregnancy. Ultimately, the blastocysts deemed healthy are ready for transfer back into the female patient’s body via embryo transfer.
Preparing for the embryo transfer typically requires about two weeks of hormonal preparation using oral medication and vaginal suppositories (no shots!). During those two weeks, the patient completes 4–5 quick monitoring visits (ultrasound and blood test) to confirm the body is ready to accept the embryo. In a quick non-surgical procedure (no anesthesia required), a doctor will use ultrasound guidance to insert a soft catheter through the cervix and into the uterus. The embryos—usually no more than one or two—flow through the catheter and into the uterus. If the procedure is successful, an embryo will implant in the lining of the uterus, and a blood test will confirm pregnancy about 9 days later.