Why you should consider fertility testing before egg freezing
Thanks to modern fertility treatment options, women can now delay motherhood until they feel ready. For many individuals, egg freezing provides a way to pause the biological clock, which enables them to have more control over their family-planning decisions. Egg freezing can be a viable fertility preservation option. To get started with it, our Newport Beach fertility doctors always recommend fertility testing before egg freezing.
Female fertility basics offer important considerations for egg freezing
Women are born with all the eggs they will ever have. During a woman’s cycle, one egg is released each month in preparation for fertilization and pregnancy. Unfortunately, peak fertility for women is in their 20s and early-30s, and it decreases with age.
Although egg freezing can allow younger women to preserve their eggs for future use, not all female reproductive systems age at the same rate. Ultimately, our goal is to ensure that patients preserve their eggs while fertility is at its peak. Fertility testing before egg freezing allows our Newport Beach fertility doctors to gather important information about your true reproductive age and plan accordingly.
Exploring fertility testing before egg freezing
Before patients begin egg freezing, our Newport Beach fertility doctors will start with basic fertility testing. The bloodwork we order provides critical data about hormone levels and where you may be on your specific reproductive timeline.
Routine testing before egg freezing typically includes the following tests.
- A general medical history to gather details on your overall health.
- An evaluation of hormone levels, such as estradiol, anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), to check your ovarian reserve.
- A transvaginal ultrasound to assess your antral follicle count, the number of egg-containing follicles that develop during the early part of your monthly cycle.
Moving forward with your egg freezing plans
Once your fertility doctor has the results of the fertility testing, he can create a comprehensive plan for your situation. This information will allow you to determine the optimal time to move forward. The general egg freezing protocol involves ovarian stimulation medication, cycle monitoring and the egg retrieval. After the retrieval, your eggs are cryopreserved and stored for future use.
If you are considering egg freezing, don’t wait to begin the process or start fertility testing. Our team can explain the timelines and procedures as well as answer any questions you have about egg freezing. Contact our office to schedule an appointment and get started with fertility testing before egg freezing.