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What is egg freezing?

Egg banking: The low down.

Egg banking. Just the phrase sounds mysterious. How does this work? What does it mean? There are numerous questions surrounding this topic and phrase.

As part of our empowerment campaign for BINTO, we want to get you the facts you need to understand the egg banking process: the benefits, the pitfalls and the current scientific technologies.

Deciding when, and how, to start a family is a personal choice. It’s a decision that is unique to you.  Egg banking offers some women the chance to make a fertility and family building plan for the future.  We like to think of egg banking/freezing as a type of insurance policy.

How does this work?

Egg banking is the process by which, with the supervision of a fertility specialist, a woman takes hormones (stimulating agents) to grow a group of eggs (found in the ovaries). Once the eggs are deemed matured (anywhere from an 8-14 day process) she will undergo an egg retrieval.  This is a surgical procedure where a fertility specialist removes the mature eggs from the ovary via a vaginal procedure. Once the eggs are removed, they are passed of to an embryologist in the lab who freezes the eggs.

What's next?

If you have frozen eggs, you can use them to create an embryo by fertilizing them with sperm. An embryo can be transferred back into a woman's uterus to hopefully implant and  result in a pregnancy.

 

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