At NYU Langone Fertility Center, we have provided comprehensive, safe, and time-sensitive care for over 250 women who chose to freeze their eggs prior to undergoing chemotherapy or other iatrogenic surgery. We are proud to welcome patients from centers across New York City and around the world who need immediate and efficient care to preserve fertility prior to life-saving treatments.
Cancer treatments like chemotherapy work by targeting and killing cells in the body that divide and multiply quickly (like cancer cells). However, oocytes (eggs) also tend to divide quickly and are often affected by chemotherapy. Because fertility following chemotherapy is dependent upon a number of factors including the length of treatment, dosage of drugs, and the patientundefineds age, it is difficult to predict whether or not a patient will be fertile following treatment. As a result, we encourage all patients who wish to undergo medical fertility preservation to do so prior to their cancer treatment.
Options for medical fertility preservation include egg freezing (retrieving eggs and freezing for future use to create embryos) or embryo banking (creating and freezing embryos for future use). If the patient chooses to create embryos, genetic testing of said embryos is available prior to embryo freezing.
Below is an overview of the fertility preservation process. Due to the time sensitive nature of this treatment, patients may experience an accelerated course of care.
Eggs and embryos are preserved using cryopreservation beginning with undefinedvitrificationundefined or undefinedfreezing.undefined Vitrification is an ultra-rapid freezing process performed in our embryology laboratory, wherein the eggs (or embryos) are rapidly cooled to subzero temperatures. This rapid cooling process prevents the formation of ice crystals, which can cause cell damage.
When our patients return to use their vitrified eggs or embryos, the vitrification procedure is reversed to allow warming back to room temperature for rehydration. Once the uterus has been properly prepared to receive an embryo, embryos can be transferred back to the uterus immediately, and eggs can be fertilized with sperm 3-4 hours after warming.
Pricing for medical fertility preservation of eggs can be broken down as follows:
Pricing for medical fertility preservation of embryos can be broken down as follows:
The above figures represent a self-pay cycle. Depending on the patientundefineds insurance plan, some of the above may be eligible for coverage. Additionally, we participate in the LIVESTRONG Fertility Discount Program and the Ferring Pharmaceuticals Heart Beat Program to provide cost assistance for our patients battling a cancer diagnosis.
Fertility preservation takes approximately 12 to 14 days from the beginning of the treatment cycle. Patients can begin receiving cancer treatment immediately following the completion of their fertility preservation cycle.
At NYU Langone Fertility Center, we are dedicated to providing our patients with exceptional clinical care to help them build their families. Our first job is to support you, so please bring all your questions to our team of world-class specialists for an introductory consultation.