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Preserving Your Fertility Potential: The Egg Freezing Option
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 11:30 AM (Eastern Time)

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Cynthia Austin, MD

  • Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinology
  • Medical Director of the In Vitro Fertilization

Nina Desai, PhD, HCLD

  • Board Certified High Complexity Laboratory Director in Andrology & Embryology

For women, fertility rates begin declining progressively starting in her early 30s and drop rapidly in her late 30s and 40s. At the same time, her risks of miscarriage and birth defects are rising. This is all due to the effects of older eggs on reproduction.

What can you do to hold on to your fertility potential? Egg freezing is one option. This process, called egg cryopreservation, allows you to freeze your egg – and their current fertility capability -- at a younger age so that you can have the same potential for pregnancy later in life, when you are ready to conceive.

If you know that you’d like to have children someday, but right now isn’t the time, egg freezing may be for you.

During this web chat Drs. Austin and Desai will discuss egg cryopreservation and answer questions about:
•Process of egg retrieval and freezing
•Risks and benefits of the process for yourself and your eggs
•Qualifications of the ideal candidate for this process
•What happens when you’re ready to use your banked, frozen eggs.

About the Speakers
Cynthia Austin, MD is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology with subspecialty certification in reproductive endocrinology. She is the current medical director of the In Vitro Fertilization for Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Austin earned her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, including a year as executive chief resident. Dr. Austin completed her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Also at CWRU, she served as an associate professor in the Department of Reproductive Endocrinology and as chairperson of the core curriculum for Reproductive Biology. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Austin served as co-director of In Vitro Fertilization at University Hospitals of Cleveland.


Nina Desai, PhD, HCLD, earned her doctorate in microbiology/cell biology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Piscataway. She is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD) in both andrology and embryology. She trained as a research fellow at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester and later completed a postdoctoral fellowship in infertility at The Ohio State University, Columbus. She later served as an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University and directed the in infertility laboratories at University Hospitals.

Dr. Desai was thereafter recruited to join Cleveland Clinic as director of the IVF/Andrology laboratories and to design a new state-of-the art laboratory. Throughout her career, she has been actively involved in both clinical and basic research. Her research activities have focused on technology for embryo culture, selection and cryopreservation to enhance clinical pregnancy outcomes. Other research areas include 3-D culture systems for in vitro follicle maturation, ovarian tissue cryopreservation, single sperm freezing and time lapse imaging of embryonic growth.

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