Egg Freezing Program

Since 2004, NYU Langone’s Fertility Center has been at the forefront of oocyte cryopreservation, or egg freezing, techniques. Our internationally renowned program is led by Drs. Jamie Grifo and Nicole Noyes, both experts in the field.

Women generally have their eggs harvested to preserve fertility for one of two reasons: they are undergoing medical treatments that can have an impact on fertility, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, or they want to store eggs for use at a later time in life. 

The egg freezing process starts much like in vitro fertilization (IVF). We give you medication to stimulate your ovaries to produce several eggs, rather than the one usually produced during your menstrual cycle. The eggs are then retrieved in a 10-minute procedure performed while you are moderately sedated. 

The eggs are evaluated to see how healthy they are, and the most robust ones are frozen and stored at the Fertility Center. 

The Fertility Center currently performs more than 500 egg freezing procedures each year. To date, more than 225 patients have come back and used frozen eggs to create embryos. As of January 1, 2015, 72 babies have been born with 22 additional singleton pregnancies on the way. These eggs were harvested from women up to 42 years of age, and our success rate is on par with that seen by our IVF patients. 

To learn more about egg freezing at the Fertility Center, call 212-263-8990 or email ivfprogram@nyumc.org to schedule a consultation.