As more women enter and choose to remain in the workforce while deferring plans to start families, one industry has offered a way to offer the best of both worlds. Egg-freezing was once considered to be a fad procedure. However, in 2012, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine announced “egg-freezing is no longer an experimental procedure.” This practice has now enjoyed a surge in effectiveness and popularity for women and families wishing — or needing — to make future plans for their family safely.
One Houston-based company, Houston Fertility Institute, is one of the most experienced egg-freezing clinics in the nation, and has enjoyed providing numerous successful births to happy parents. The experience and commitment that HFI has shown has resulted in the company being named the number practice in Texas for egg-freezing, and in the top five in the United States, by Forbes magazine.
“This honor is a testament to our incredible team and family,” said Dr. Jason Yeh, the Director of Patient Education for Houston Fertility Institute. “One of the best feelings in the world is meeting my patient’s new baby and watching them enjoy being parents for the first time.”
The rise in popularity for egg-freezing is attributed to the advances in technology that companies like Houston Fertility Institute have utilized. Women benefiting from this specific technology has been reported in record numbers. In 2009, 475 women opted to freeze their eggs at clinics across the nation. By 2013, that number had grown sevenfold to nearly 4,000 women. Projections state that by 2018 approximately 76,000 women will have their eggs frozen. Today, industry-leading companies such as Apple and Facebook have even added egg-freezing to corporate health plans.
The benefits of egg-freezing
Houston Fertility Institute works in association with Vivere Piney Point Fertility Laboratory, using a cutting-edge procedure called vitrification, where eggs are flash-frozen and capable of being stored indefinitely. Once a patient is ready to pursue pregnancy, the eggs can be thawed and fertilized by in vitro fertilization, and the embryos can be transferred into her uterus. HFI has extensive experience in this procedure, beating the second-ranked Texas clinic’s experience rate at nearly a 10-to-1 ratio.
The need for egg-freezing came from the desire — or in some cases the need — of women and families to put off any attempts to get pregnant until a later time, months or years down the line. But the process goes beyond a matter of convenience. Women undergoing cancer treatment can end up with damaged ovarian functions, and treatments for other medical conditions can also stack the odds against a successful pregnancy. Even the ramifications of the Zika virus — with its possible side effects of birth defects — have even prompted some women to defer starting their families much like it has prompted athletes to give up their coveted spots in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.
With the lives of future generations of happy families in their hands, the staff at Houston Fertility Institute have worked hard to achieve the Forbes rankings, which were compiled using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recently released Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Success Rates Report.
“Our practice experience has given numerous patients the opportunity to return to us to have their frozen eggs thawed and fertilized,” said Dr. S. Kemi Nurudeen, HFI’s Director of Fertility Preservation. “These women have gone on to experience successful pregnancies with healthy babies, which of course is the ultimate goal.”