Dr. Nicole Noyes

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

Egg Freezing Consultation

 

Egg freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation, is growing in popularity as a way for women to preserve their fertility. Recently, 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 recent committee opinion removing the experimental label from oocyte cryopreservation technology when used in the setting of impending gonadotoxicity.

An initial egg freezing 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 for a medical condition, we will discuss any prior medical treatments and I may also ask to speak with your treating physician.
   

We will then move to an exam room, where I will conduct a complete physical examination that includes assessing your uterus and ovaries through the use of a sonogram (ultrasound). The sonogram allows me to better examine your ovarian antral follicle count and any obvious ovarian or uterine pathology is noted and discussed.


Either prior to your 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).  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 candidate for oocyte cryopreservation. If you are a candidate, you will be scheduled for a 2-hour class where the specifics of the egg freezing treatment cycle are explained in detail.

For more information, please visit the NYU Fertility Center's website at www.NYUFertilityCenter.org.