If you’re not ready to become pregnant or have to undergo cancer treatments, Laura April Gago, MD, can preserve your eggs now and help you achieve a future pregnancy. At Gago Center for Fertility, with offices in Brighton, Lansing, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, Dr. Gago and the experienced on-site embryologist offer comprehensive egg freezing services. By freezing your eggs now, you can increase your chances for a healthy pregnancy when you’re ready to conceive. Schedule an egg freezing consultation online or by calling the Gago Center for Fertility office nearest you.
Egg freezing is an effective way to preserve your unfertilized eggs for a future pregnancy. Once Dr. Gago harvests your eggs from your ovaries, she works with the on-site embryologist to cryopreserve them.
Dr. Gago later thaws the eggs and combines with sperm in a laboratory to create an embryo. She can then implant the viable embryos into your uterus during in vitro fertilization treatments.
Egg freezing may be the right choice for you if you wish to have a child at some point in the future and want to ensure you have healthy eggs.
Common reasons to freeze your eggs include:
Younger eggs are healthier and if you’re not yet ready to conceive a child now, you can safely preserve your highest-quality eggs now for future use.
If you have a health condition, such as an autoimmune disease, that may later affect your egg quality, freezing your eggs now can help increase your chances of a successful pregnancy in the future.
If you anticipate needing cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, you can freeze your eggs as a preventive measure. Cancer treatments can destroy your eggs; by freezing them before treatment, you increase your risk for a successful pregnancy.
Dr. Gago discusses whether egg freezing is the best option for you after a review of your health history and a discussion of your family planning goals.
Prior to harvesting your eggs to be frozen, Dr. Gago may suggest several testing procedures to ensure your eggs are healthy. These tests can include ovarian reserve testing, where she learns more about the quantity and quality of your eggs.
You can also expect to undergo screenings for infectious diseases, such as hepatitis B, prior to egg harvesting to prevent pregnancy complications in the future.
Once she clears you to move forward, Dr. Gago prescribes hormone therapy to stimulate your ovaries to produce multiple eggs for harvesting. When you’re ready for the harvesting procedure, she uses a suctioning needle instrument to remove eggs. Typically, Dr. Gago removes multiple eggs to increase your rate of a successful pregnancy.
If you’re interested in learning more about egg freezing for your family planning needs, schedule a consultation at Gago Center for Fertility online or by phone.