Why Choose an Egg Freezing Clinic vs a General Fertility Clinic?
More and more people are deciding to wait before jumping into parenthood, but our biology hasn’t caught up with this societal shift. Egg freezing offers an empowering option to delay having a family or deciding to have children later on.
No longer confined to a narrow fertility window, you can finish your education, pursue your career goals, travel the world, or find the right partner before (and if) you decide to start a family.
While general fertility clinics provide a wide range of services to address various fertility concerns, dedicated egg-freezing clinics—like EVOLVE—specialize in the unique needs of those seeking fertility preservation.
So, let’s take a closer look at the differences between general fertility clinics and egg-freezing clinics. Which one is right for you?
Understanding General Fertility Clinics
About 11-15% of individuals and couples struggle with infertility. After 12 months of trying to conceive via the all-natural route, these individuals and couples turn to general fertility clinics to help make their baby dreams come true.
As such, these clinics address various reproductive issues, including infertility difficulties, hormonal imbalances, and reproductive health disorders. After a thorough evaluation and testing, the fertility team creates a personalized treatment plan to address specific concerns. Below, we take a closer look at the services, expertise, and approach offered by general fertility clinics.
Fertility Services Offered
General fertility clinics provide a range of services, including:
- Diagnostic testing
- Fertility evaluations
- In vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
- And more.
These clinics cater to diverse fertility needs, with the ultimate goal being a healthy and successful pregnancy.
Fertility Expertise & Solutions
The medical professionals at general fertility clinics are well-versed in various reproductive health conditions. This means they can diagnose and treat fertility issues, helping many couples and individuals expand their families.
For example, patients may receive care relating to hormonal balance, sperm factor infertility, or structural abnormalities. Treatment options also frequently include in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI). Depending on the aspiring parent’s specific situation, surrogacy may also be discussed.
Understanding Dedicated Egg Freezing Clinics
In contrast, dedicated egg-freezing clinics specialize specifically in oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing). These clinics, such as EVOLVE, cater specifically to the needs of individuals who wish to preserve their fertility for future family planning. Below, we take a closer look at what these clinics are all about.
Exclusively Focused on Egg Freezing & Preservation
For many, there’s no rush to start a family. However, our biological clock continues to count down. Luckily, this choice can be made later with innovative egg freezing technology. Egg freezing clinics are designed specifically for individuals who are interested in preserving their eggs for later use.
This means the clinical team, equipment, procedures, and more are specifically created for successful egg freezing. This is especially important, considering the needs of those seeking fertility preservation versus those seeking fertility treatment are quite different.
Advanced Cryopreservation Techniques
We use state-of-the-art egg freezing technology at EVOLVE to provide the best expertise in advanced cryopreservation techniques (aka freezing and storage). The focus is on maximizing the viability and quality of frozen eggs. This ensures each patient is given the opportunity in the future if they decide to start a family. At EVOLVE, your eggs will be stored using the highest level of safety and security standards. It’s one of the most sophisticated labs in Canada, so you know that when the time comes, your eggs are in great hands. Once you are ready to use your eggs, we will transfer them to a general fertility clinic such as TRIO.
Beyond your egg freezing journey, clinics like EVOLVE go the extra mile by offering valuable educational support and resources. Your caring and compassionate team provides information about future family planning, potential risks, benefits, and timelines—and, of course, all the ins and outs throughout every stage of the egg freezing process. This knowledge empowers you to make informed choices that align with your unique life goals and aspirations.
Focused On Helping You Take Control of Your Fertility
Unlike general fertility clinics, the end goal isn’t to get pregnant … yet! Rather, we’re all about empowering you to take control of your fertility and create your timeline. At an egg freezing clinic like EVOLVE, there is a distinct separation from traditional fertility treatments. This nurturing environment, favoured by our clients and supported by research, enhances each client’s experience. We ensure you feel understood and confident in your choices.
Which Clinic Is Right For You?
This often depends on your goals and age. For example, general fertility clinics cater to various age groups. In contrast, egg freezing clinics typically attract those between 28 and 38 years of age who wish to preserve their eggs before age-related fertility decline. (You can read more about when to freeze here).
General fertility clinics further offer a wider range of services for differing reproductive needs, such as IVF, IUI, hormonal issues, and specific reproductive conditions. Meanwhile, egg freezing clinics exclusively focus on oocyte cryopreservation and, thus, optimize for this outcome, as well as extending family planning timelines.
Determine what your goals are in your life. If you aim to preserve fertility, an egg freezing clinic is likely the right choice. If you’re currently trying to get pregnant, general fertility clinics, such as our sister clinic TRIO, are more appropriate.
EVOLVE Is Here For You
In Canada, EVOLVE is the only clinic dedicated to egg freezing. As part of the TRIO family, our compassionate and caring team includes reproductive endocrinologists, embryologists, nurses, and naturopaths specializing in fertility preservation. We believe in giving you the freedom to make the best choice for you and your life. Speak to an EVOLVE nurse today to learn more. Book your appointment online.