Egg freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation, is a process in which a woman’s egg (oocytes) are extracted, frozen, and stored as a method to preserve reproductive potential in women of reproductive age.



  • The Goal
  • The “Typical” Patients
  • The Process
  • The “Typical” After Care

The goal of the procedure is to have the ability of an individual or couple to start a family at a time of their choosing.

DISCLAIMER: The “typical” patients below do not represent the only individuals who should seek this fertility treatment.

  • Women with cancer requiring chemotherapy and or pelvic radiation therapy that may affect fertility.
  • Surgery that may cause damage to the ovaries
  • Risk of premature ovarian failure because of chromosomal abnormalities (e.g. Turner syndrome, fragile X syndrome) or family history of early menopause
  • Ovarian disease (endometriosis) with risk of damage to the ovaries
  • Genetic mutations requiring removing the ovaries (BRCA mutation)
  • Fertility preservation for social or personal reasons to delay childbearing

The Egg Freezing Process is administered similarly to the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) fertility treatment. Please visit In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): The Process for information on the Egg Preservation treatment. Please reference up to Egg Development. During In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), the female patient has the option to transfer all embryos. In the Egg Preservation treatment, the maturity of the eggs are assessed under the microscope, and those that are mature are cryopreserved.

DISCLAIMER: The “typical” patients below do not represent the only individuals who should seek this fertility treatment.

  • The female patient will rest for an hour or two at the clinic after retrieval so AFMC is able to monitor the patient while the effects of anesthesia are wearing off. Once the anesthesia has worn off, a friend or family member is able to drive the donor home.
  • It is highly recommended the trusted individual stays with the patient for the rest of the day, in the unlikely event that complications arise.
  • The patient can return to their normal routine one day after retrieval, except for physically strenuous activity or exercise.

The American Fertility Medical Center (AFMC) is an assisted reproductive technology (A.R.T) medical center, genetics laboratory, and research institution equipped with an internationally experienced medical and management team. Beyond that, we are a team that come to work every day to help solve one of the common, unspoken issues individuals and couples internationally experience – infertility. At AFMC, we understand one journey to fertility is different to another and we also understand infertility is not everyone’s journey. Still we aspire to join into a diversity of journeys to learn, support, advocate, and build for each family.

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