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Embryo Cryopreservation

EmbryoEmbryo cryopreservation involves freezing embryos at sub-zero temperatures to preserve their viability for future pregnancies.

During an in vitro fertilization cycle (IVF), 10 or more eggs are removed from a woman’s ovaries and combined with a man’s sperm. As many as four eggs may be transplanted into the woman’s uterus.

The remaining embryos are then frozen (cryopreserved) in canisters of liquid nitrogen about 320 degrees Fahrenheit below zero.

About Egg Freezing

At Fertility CARE, embryos can be cryopreserved anywhere from the 2PN stage (24 hours after fertilization) to the blastocyst stage (day 5-6). They are frozen in labeled straws with a plastic topper that is also labeled with the patient’s name, birth date, date of retrieval and the stage of the frozen embryos.

The straws are heat sealed and placed in a plastic tube on an aluminum cane that is kept in liquid nitrogen. They are kept at -196°C and the levels of the liquid nitrogen are checked each day. Although they can be kept in this environment permanently, it is up to the patient to decide the disposition of embryos in the future.

Consent for embryo freezing or thawing must be provided prior to starting an IVF cycle. There are records kept of each embryo frozen or thawed and all information is confirmed before each process takes place.

Understanding Egg Freezing

Dr. Trolice discusses the pros and cons of egg freezing on Fox 35 News. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Embryo Cryopreservation has come a long way since it was first performed successfully in 1986.  Today, the technology is much more advanced and the risk much less.  However, choosing to freeze your eggs is a personal choice.

Freezing eggs empowers women who may not be ready to start a family with the chance to preserve their options for later.  Women who may consider freezing their eggs include:

  • Women who may be undergoing treatment for cancer
  • Younger women who want to improve their likelihood of beginning a family later in life

photo-embryoDevAt Fertility CARE, embryos can be cryopreserved anywhere from the 2PN stage (24 hours after fertilization) to the blastocyst stage (day 5-6). They are frozen in labeled straws with a plastic topper that is also labeled with the patient’s name, birth date, date of retrieval and the stage of the frozen embryos.

The straws are heat sealed and placed in a plastic tube on an aluminum cane that is kept in liquid nitrogen. They are kept at -196°C and the levels of the liquid nitrogen are checked each day. Although they can be kept in this environment permanently, it is up to the patient to decide the disposition of embryos in the future.

Embryo Cryopreservation is similar to IVF. It is a minimally invasive, in-office procedure.

In general, it costs $10,000 to undergo an egg freezing cycle. This estimate includes all testing, monitoring, medications and egg freezing.

Our billing manager will be glad to answer your questions regarding costs, payments, insurance coverage and reimbursements. Payment plans and financing options are available.

The IVF Center – Why Fertility CARE is Unique

Dr. Trolice and the team supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Dr. Trolice and the team supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month.

At Fertility CARE we recognize the process of IVF can at times be overwhelming.

To address this issue, we have an IVF Nurse available 24/7 to answer questions, guide you through the process, and provide emotional support. We also offer a Reproductive Health Psychologist to help couples develop their best coping strategies along their journey.

Success of the IVF Program at Fertility CARE is due to our scientific and technological excellence coupled with our compassionate and highly personalized approach to patient care.

Fertility CARE is committed to each couple’s success by providing individualized and supportive care along the way. We consider each couple part of our family as we attempt to help them create their own.

What our Patients are Saying

“Dr Trolice is wonderful and has given me hope. The staff are genuine. I feel good about doing my IVF round number two in his trusted cared. Thank you for another chance Dr. Trolice. And thank you for helping me get back to my positive place.”

Fertility CARE Patient, Facebook Review

“I had a great experience with Dr. Trolice and his staff, they were always friendly and helpful. I felt comfortable asking any question and really appreciated Dr. Trolice’s willingness to allow my husband and I to be so involved in forming our treatment plan.”

Fertility CARE Patient, RateMds.com Review

“We can’t thank Fertility CARE and Dr. Trolice enough for their compassion and expertise. Their concern during every step of our journey was invaluable. We have gone to other fertility doctors before Dr. Trolice and keep kicking ourselves for not going to Dr. Trolice first!”

Fertility CARE Patient, Vitals.com Review

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