Who Can Benefit from Elective Egg Freezing?

  • Women who might lose ovarian function due to a surgical procedure.
  • Women who might need radiation or chemotherapy to the ovaries.
  • Women with autoimmune diseases (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, glomerulonephritis), or who are going to be given a bone marrow transplant and need to be treated with gonadotoxic agents.
  • Women with severe endometriosis.
  • Women whose biological clock will accelerate loss of eggs due to family history of early menopause.
  • Couples going through in vitro fertilization, on the day of egg retrieval when no sperm are identified or found during sperm extraction; percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration (PESA), testicular sperm extraction (TESA) or micro-surgical testicular sperm extraction (micro-TESE).
  • Women who choose to become mothers later in life.

When Egg Freezing is Most Successful

The woman’s age plays an important role in the success rate of this procedure in much the same way as it does in the use of “fresh eggs” in a standard In Vitro Fertilization process. Women under 32 years of age are the best candidates for elective egg freezing, but the majority of women under 43 years of age can take advantage of our egg freezing program.

Stages of an Egg Freezing Program

  • Ovarian reserve, ultrasound scan and laboratory tests for several hormones and STDs
  • Consult with physician to establish treatment process
  • Counseling with counselor or psychologist
  • Controlled ovarian stimulation
  • Egg retrieval
  • Egg freezing

Please note, elective egg freezing is only available at Procrea Fertility practices in Montreal (Mont-Royal), Quebec City and Vaughan.