Dr. Nicole Noyes

Reproductive Endocrinologist
Specializing in Infertility,
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF),
Egg Freezing and Embryo Banking

 
Nicole Noyes, MD
Nicole Noyes, MD

As of 2019

Northwell Health
210-A East 64th Street 
New York, NY 10065

Phone: 
Direct: (212) 434-4121
Main Office: (212) 324-2229 

Human Oocyte
Human Blastocyst

Egg Freezing/Embryo Banking Consultation

 

Egg freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation and embryo banking are growing in popularity and are now mainstay-methods for people to preserve their fertility. I published the largest survey of oocyte cryopreservation births in the literature to date (reporting on over 900 babies) showing that, so far, there does not appear to be any increased risk of birth defects in babies born from this technology. This manuscript was cited in the ASRM's 2012 committee opinion removing the experimental label from oocyte cryopreservation technology. Successful embryo freezing began in 1994 and there have now been more than 2 million births as a result of this technology. Originally performed primarily to handle the extra embryos produced during an IVF attempt, embryo banking is now being pursued like egg freezing as a means to allow the chance for parenthood in the future. 

An initial egg freezing/embryo banking consultation begins with a discussion of your past medical and social history (medical indications and personal reasons for pursuing fertility preservation) with me in my office. If you are considering oocyte cryopreservation or embryo banking for a medical condition, we will discuss any prior medical treatments and I will most often also ask to speak with your treating physician.
   

I will then conduct a complete physical examination on the person whose eggs will be stimulated to mature and harvested that includes assessing the ovaries through the use of a sonogram (ultrasound). If the uterus will be used to carry pregnancy, it is also initially evaluated through an ultrasound exam. The sonogram allows me to better examine the ovarian antral follicle count and any obvious ovarian or uterine pathology that is noted and discussed. If embryos are to be created, sperm designated for this purpose will be assessed.


Either prior to the consultation or in medical cases, if time permits, a baseline follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and estradiol assay are performed on the second or third day of your menstrual cycle (if menstrual periods occur) on the person that will have eggs harvested. An antimullerian hormone level will also be done. These blood tests can help to gauge how the ovaries are doing relative to age (i.e. assess "ovarian reserve") and, in the case of medically-indicated egg freeze cycles, what effects any prior medical or surgical treatments may have had on your reproductive abilities. 

Once the consultation is complete, I will determine whether or not you are a good candidate for oocyte cryopreservation or embryo banking. If you are a candidate, you will be instructed to watch an informative video and sign consents specific to your planned treatment. 

For more information, please call my assistant, Katerina Dimitropoulosto to schedule a consultation at (212) 434-4121. Alternatively, you can call the main Northwell Health Fertility - NYC office number: (212) 324-2229.