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A woman’s fertility declines with age. This age-related decline in fertility is due to a woman having fewer eggs in her ovarian reserve or when the health of her eggs is compromised. The advent of successful egg freezing provides women with the opportunity to preserve fertility by freezing young eggs, which can be used later if needed. The woman’s ovarian reserve is first assessed through several tests to determine suitability.
The woman’s eggs are then retrieved, frozen, and stored. When the woman is ready to start her family, the process continues. Her eggs are thawed and fertilized in the laboratory (in vitro) by injecting a single sperm cell into a single egg, a process called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). The resulting embryos are cultured in the laboratory for up to 5 days, then a predetermined number of quality embryos are transferred into the woman’s uterus to attempt uterine implantation and pregnancy.
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