The Egg Freezing Process
The Generation Fertility team strives to make the egg freezing process clear and comfortable, empowering you with all the information needed every step of the way.
You’ll meet with a caring Generation Fertility doctor to discuss your needs, review your medical history, learn about your options, and what you can expect from the process. We’ll do some blood work and a vaginal ultrasound, to help assess your current fertility potential and develop a personalized egg freezing plan.
The next step is to stimulate your ovaries to produce more eggs, using hormone injections to be done at home. You’ll need to visit the clinic every few days during this stage over 10-12 days, so we can monitor how you’re responding to the injections and adjust your doses if needed. After your eggs have matured, the doctor will give you a different injectable medication that will release your eggs, starting ovulation.
The retrieval is a short 20-30 minute procedure at the Generation Fertility clinic. Eggs are retrieved by inserting an ultrasound probe into the vagina to visualize the follicles, and passing a thin needle through a channel on the probe to gently suction out the eggs. You’ll be given pain medication, as well as local anesthesia.
You may be a little sore afterward, but most women resume normal activities the next day. Your retrieved eggs will be evaluated and we’ll let you know how many eggs were retrieved, before you leave the clinic.
Freezing & Storage
After the retrieval, your eggs are flash-frozen and stored for future use. Generation Fertility provides long-term egg storage on-site at our facility in Vaughan. The safety of your stored eggs is of the utmost importance to us.
Your eggs can remain frozen indefinitely until you decide you wish to conceive. At that time, they will be thawed and fertilized, with the goal of developing an embryo for transfer into your uterus in a regular IVF procedure.
We understand that cost is an important consideration as you determine your course of treatment. Many options are available to help you with this aspect of care.