Egg Freezing and Long-term Egg Storage

When patients come to our Southern California fertility center for egg freezing, their frozen eggs can be stored with us short-term or moved to a special facility for long-term storage

Women choose egg freezing to preserve their fertility for different reasons, but two of the primary reasons are: (1) they want to postpone motherhood and save their healthy, viable eggs for when they are ready to have a child, or (2) they are saving their eggs because they are undergoing cancer treatment or a medical procedure that might harm their ovaries or affect their future fertility. In both of these cases, it may be several years before the woman is ready to use the eggs she has had frozen during the egg freezing process, so her eggs will need long-term storage.

Is long-term storage safe?

Our experience at our Southern California fertility center, as well as evidence in medical studies, shows that frozen eggs can remain viable for up to ten years of long-term storage. Currently, there is no evidence that frozen eggs remain viable after ten years simply because enough time has not passed to test this theory.

While we do not offer long-term storage for eggs retrieved during egg freezing at our facility, we work with patients to find the highest quality facility for long-term egg storage. We only recommend certified, nationally inspected facilities with safety features such as 24/7 state-of-the-art monitoring to record temperature changes.

The viability of your eggs is highly dependent on the skills and expertise of the staff and the lab that you choose for egg freezing

Successful egg freezing requires a knowledgeable physician, experienced staff and a state-of-the-art facility. At our Southern California facility, your egg freezing journey begins when you see our board-certified, highly experienced fertility specialist. Dr Anderson draws on his expertise and over 30 years of experience to create an individualized medication protocol for each patient’s ovarian stimulation phase. He monitors the patient during the process to make adjustments and improve the chances for obtaining viable egg(s) during egg retrieval. He performs a transvaginal ultrasound guided procedure to facilitate egg retrieval.

From there, the staff of trained embryologists at our Southern California fertility center takes over, obtaining the most viable eggs for the egg freezing process. Our laboratory staff has many years of experience with vitrification, the rapid-freezing process of egg freezing, and we have a high rate of implantation success and live births using frozen eggs.

Egg freezing is appropriate for women who want or need to preserve their fertility for the future. Learn more today—contact us.

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MicroSecure Vitrification

Recently, our Southern California fertility center conducted a laboratory study that compared our MicroSecure Vitrification with the slow freezing method for egg freezing.

Results showed that our vitrification method yielded a survival rate of 90% for egg survival after thawing. Subsequent to thawing, those eggs had an 81% rate of fertilization. After transferring an average of just over two embryos per patient, we achieved a 39% implantation rate, and a 47% rate of live births, resulting in healthy births and babies who exhibited normal patterns of childhood development at their 1-year physical examinations.