Plano, Texas – June 6, 2011 – For the past few decades, women have heard that they could have it all: career, motherhood and a beautiful family. In trying to accomplish this feat, smart, capable women have often had to sacrifice one dream for another when they discover that their fertility won’t wait. Many accomplished women in their late 30s and early 40s have ended up with infertility issues they didn’t expect.
Now, Dr. James Douglas can offer women the chance to halt their fertility clocks. Using the latest technology, Dr. Douglas can give single or career-focused women the opportunity to have families later when they choose oocyte cryopreservation, or egg freezing, now. Thanks to vitrification, a new fast-freezing process used on female eggs, healthy women can widen their window for childbearing.
“In the past, freezing eggs wasn’t really an option,” Dr. Douglas explained. “Because human eggs consist mainly of water, they did not freeze or thaw well.”
Not only wasn’t egg freezing a good option, but many women didn’t realize their fertility had a shelf life. Encouraged by stories of celebrities like Geena Davis, Nicole Kidman and even Madonna, many women mistakenly thought they could wait as long as they wanted to have a baby.
“Though the press has made it seem like you can get pregnant at any age, the reality is that conception proves statistically difficult for older women,” says Dr. Douglas. “Fertility peaks in your 20s. By age 35, you have about a five percent chance of succeeding on your own.”
Although freezing sperm and embryos has long been a successful element of infertility treatment, nothing worked when it came to offering similar options for egg freezing. With vitrification, mature eggs are retrieved from the ovaries and frozen before fertilization, without semen.
“By preserving these healthy, young eggs, a woman gives herself time,” Dr. Douglas said. “Instead of feeling pressure to have a baby because of nature’s inflexible deadline, fertility preservation delivers hope for women in their late 30s and 40s who dream of becoming mothers.”
When the fertility client is ready, months or even years after cryopreservation, some or all of the eggs are thawed and injected with a single sperm through intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Embryologists watch the fertilized eggs in the laboratory until they develop into embryos, which a fertility doctor transfers back into the patient’s uterus in the hopes of producing a viable pregnancy.
Dr. Douglas feels like egg freezing opens more doors for women and their partners. “Success rates for frozen egg embryos are between 30 and 40 percent, which is very promising. We are excited to offer women another opportunity to create the families they desire.”
About IVF Plano
For over 20 years, Dr. James Douglas and the team at IVF Plano fertility clinic have served the Dallas area, offering advanced diagnostic tools, the latest treatments for infertility and better-than-average pregnancy rates. Dr. Douglas has helped thousands of patients in the Plano, TX area achieve their goals of starting or expanding their families. For more information about the clinic, please visit www.ivfplano.com.