Fertility Preservation at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York
At NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York, we help men and women preserve their fertility. This can be important if you want to delay parenthood for personal reasons or are receiving medical treatments such as chemotherapy that could result in infertility.
Fertility preservation allows you to harvest and store embryos, eggs, or sperm now for use later in life when you are ready to have a child. The process begins with a fertility evaluation. Men undergo male factor infertility testing, and women receive an egg check test to determine egg quality. Based on the test results, your doctor might recommend freezing your eggs or sperm, or using them to create embryos, which are then frozen and can be used at a future date to try to achieve pregnancy. A consultation with one of our board-certified reproductive endocrinologists is recommended to discuss pregnancy rates with frozen eggs and embryos.
Embryo-, egg- and sperm-freezing services are available.
In embryo cryopreservation, egg and sperm are harvested and then combined in our laboratory. The fertilized egg is then frozen. When you are ready to conceive, the embryos are thawed and implanted into the uterus using IVF.
Advances in reproductive technology have made it possible for women to freeze their eggs for future use. Before this procedure, you are given hormones to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs. When the eggs are ready to be retrieved, you are placed under sedation, and your doctor removes eggs from the follicles in your ovaries. The eggs are then frozen. They remain stored until you are ready to conceive, at which point the egg is thawed, combined with sperm, and implanted into the uterus during in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Men who are receiving surgery, have a medical condition such as cancer, or are taking medications that can affect fertility might consider sperm cryopreservation. The sperm is collected and frozen until it is needed.