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Female Egg Harvesting

As women, we lead rich and demanding lives - obtaining advanced degrees, pursuing successful careers, and taking better care of ourselves. We have an astounding number of opportunities and as a result, many of us choose to start our families later than our mothers and grandmothers.

But in waiting longer to have children, many women face the real challenge of having successful, healthy pregnancies later in life. While we have made great strides in other areas, our fertility is still limited by basic biology – the “biological clock” generally stops ticking in our late 30’s or early 40’s. Our opportunities are endless, but our egg supply and egg quality are not.

Egg Harvesting offers women planning to have children after the age of 35 the opportunity to effectively slow down their biological clocks. Extend Fertility’s Egg Harvesting services gives women the unprecedented chance to store their eggs during their reproductive prime for use when they wish to start or expand their families.

Extend Fertility takes great pride in helping to empower women to feel more in control of their bodies and lives. Read what our egg harvesting clients are saying about freezing their eggs and working with Extend Fertility.

The ability to postpone motherhood by egg harvesting was made possible by the discovery that the age of a woman's eggs is more important than her biological age. In the last two decades, even post-menopausal women have become pregnant and delivered babies by using donor eggs from much younger women. Those developments created the incentive to preserve a woman's own eggs by egg harvesting while the women are still young. Female fertility peaks at age 27 and by age 40, the chance of getting pregnant is less than 10%. Egg Harvesting and egg freezing enable women to break free from the stressful drumbeat of their biological clock.

Eventually, egg harvesting is expected to have an effect on egg donation by allowing one donor to store eggs that could be used by several recipients. Still, perhaps the most compelling current use of egg harvesting is to benefit women with diseases that could interfere with fertility.

How egg harvesting works

  • Extract eggs Woman receives drugs to produce multiple eggs. Ultrasound-guided needle is used to harvest eggs from the ovary.
  • Identify The eggs, which are in fluid when extracted, are poured onto a flat dish. Individual eggs are identified with a microscope and withdrawn for freezing.
  • Prepare for freezing Because ice crystals can form within the eggs and damage them, technicians remove the water from the eggs and bathe them in an 'antifreeze' solution before freezing. Laboratories vary in how they freeze the eggs. Some prefer a slow freezing technique, while others use a flash-freezing process called vitrification.
  • Freeze Eggs are stored in tubes in a liquid nitrogen storage tank.
  • Thaw and fertilize Each egg is thawed and injected with a needle containing a single sperm--a procedure called ICSI. Eggs begin to develop into embryos.
  • Implant Embryos are implanted into the uterus using a catheter.

Egg Harvesting Client Profiles

Megan (Woman age 36), Classical Acupuncturist
Seattle, Washington WA (USA)

On why she decided to freeze her eggs:
“I was starting to feel that my desire to have children was putting pressure on my current relationship… deciding to freeze my eggs helped me to separate the issues – yes, I want to have children, yes, I am in a relationship, but my desire to have children shouldn't cloud whether we should be having children together. I don’t want to have children until I feel emotionally and financially prepared.”

On how she feels now:
“Egg Harvesting and Egg Freezing are very empowering processes. I know there are no guarantees in this world, but it is a fantastic feeling to know I've done what I can to preserve my fertility along the way. Somehow egg harvesting was really affirming of what I want in my life, even though I am not having children right this minute. I know I want to be a mother more strongly than when I began… It has removed some of the judgment of myself and self-criticism of wishing I had done this or that differently, or some blame I've placed on myself for not having children yet. I feel far less anxious about the future, no matter what the outcome - whether I get pregnant naturally at some point, whether I use these eggs, whether I adopt. Now it’s just more about becoming a mother eventually than judging my body for being not the "perfect" age biologically.”

On working with Extend Fertility in Egg Harvesting:
“I felt very supported by the women at Extend Fertility - like they were truly my partners in this adventure, their egg harvesting services help me and women like me to have more choices in the future. The women at Extend are smart, capable, kind women, there to help me achieve this thing I want. Working with Extend Fertility was so refreshing compared with trying to explain to others, even doctors, why I was worried about my fertility, and not having them get it or just give trite answers (like, “why make a such a big deal about this?”, “you're plenty young”, etc.). I really liked having these women support me in making the possibility of egg preservation and egg harvesting real.”

On advice for women considering egg harvesting with Extend Fertility:
“Listen to yourself. Consider what is most important to you, and don't worry about what other people have to say about it. Nobody can know but you what is truly important to you and how you want to make that happen. When I decided on egg harvesting and that I was going to do it, and was in the process of it, I talked very openly to people about it as it was happening... At the coffee shop...how are you today? I'm great! I'm freezing my eggs! Because I found the experience totally empowering.”

Alexandra (Woman age 34), Pharmaceutical Sales
Boston, Massachusetts MA (USA)

On why she decided to freeze her eggs by egg harvesting:
“Having a family has always been incredibly important to me and working in the medical community made me all too aware of the fact that my aging eggs could potentially jeopardize that dream. I also didn’t want to rush into a marriage that wasn’t right solely to have children. Egg harvesting has removed the pressure.”

On how she feels now:
“I feel truly amazing…Relieved! I work in the women’s health care arena so I’m constantly bombarded with the scary biological clock story. I realized last week that I was listening to yet another horrifying presentation on the perils facing future mothers over 30 and for the first time I didn’t having a panic attack! I realized that I had taken control and done what I could to ensure the best chance of having a healthy and happy baby in the future by freezing my eggs. It’s also really nice that now thinking about having a family brings a sense of excitement because it just seems like much more of a reality and not a deadline that I am terrified of missing.”

On working with the Extend Fertility Egg Harvesting Professionals:
“I did a lot of research on egg harvesting programs and several of the fertility clinics I contacted that advertised egg freezing and egg harvesting just didn’t seem to know much about it - I often felt like they were reading from a script. They also made me feel like I would be a peripheral patient because I wasn’t doing IVF – freezing eggs was just not what they specialized in. Then I contacted Extend and it was totally different. It was amazing and reassuring to work with women who had actually frozen their eggs themselves! I didn’t have to justify why I was pursuing egg freezing…they totally got me. The best part of the egg harvesting process was that they had actually taken the medications and had their own eggs frozen so they really knew what they were talking about and what I could expect. I can’t say enough about the confidence they instilled in me and the emotional support they provided me at every step in the egg harvesting process .”

On advice for other women considering egg harvesting:
“If you’re over 33 and single or involved in a fast track career you must consider egg harvesting now. I promise it will change your life. The women at Extend will absolutely help you. You will NEVER regret having frozen eggs…but you could very seriously regret not having preserved your eggs or participating in an egg harvesting program when you had the chance.”

To request additional information on egg harvesting please:
Call Extend Fertility at: 800-841-7197 or email: info@extendfertility.com

Extend Fertility, Inc.
329 Washington Street | Suite 200 | Woburn, Massachusetts MA (USA) 01801
Phone: (800) 841-7197 | Outside U.S.: (617) 987-0506 | Fax: (617) 987-2137

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"I felt very supported by the women at Extend. They were my partners in this adventure and gave me the power to have more choices in the future."

— Megan, Age 36
Extend Fertility Client
Seattle, WA
 


 
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