As a woman ages into her late 30s, the natural decline in the quantity and quality of eggs can create fertility issues. However, many women are just not ready to conceive in their 20s and early 30s. Fertility preservation provides a woman with options to have a baby according to her timeline – not the biological clock.
Vitrification is a “rapid freezing” technique that prevents formation of water crystals during the freezing process, minimizing chemical toxicity. Many scientific studies have confirmed that vitrified eggs survive and retain reproductive capabilities better than “slow freezing” or other conventional techniques. The procedure is available for women between 21 and 44 years old.
Experimenting with many different cryoprotectant combinations and protocols has led to a better understanding of what it takes to reliably freeze, thaw and fertilize human eggs without compromising their reproductive potential.