Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York (RMA of New York) is a world-renowned fertility center, with offices throughout the New York area. Our medical facility in Downtown Brooklyn offers cutting-edge egg freezing services from one of the nation’s leading centers, while providing the personal attention, sensitivity, and convenience of a local doctor’s office.
RMA of New York offers egg and embryo freezing for both elective and medical indications, and has helped thousands of women and couples preserve their reproductive options. We consistently achieve high IVF success rates year after year, and our research breakthroughs and continuous improvement in laboratory processes and patient care protocols have led us to being recognized as one of the top IVF centers in the world.
RMA of New York physicians are annually named in New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors” issue, New York Times’ “SuperDocs” issue, and have been awarded “Top Doctors” recognition by Castle Connolly numerous times.
RMA of New York provides expert quality care and serves patients as the Department of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility of Mount Sinai Health System, an integrated system that includes seven hospital campuses and a top ranked medical school. Mount Sinai Hospital is recognized as a Center of Excellence, and ranks among the best hospitals in the region for Obstetrics and Gynecology in the U.S. News & World Report 2015-2016.
Egg freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation, is a fertility preservation technique used to preserve a portion of a woman’s eggs for use in future pregnancy attempts. The patient will receive a prescribed protocol of medications by their reproductive endocrinologist for ovarian stimulation, and when the follicles within the ovaries containing the eggs have achieved maturation, eggs are retrieved under mild sedation and frozen to later be thawed and fertilized, in order to achieve pregnancy in the future.
RMA of New York utilizes vitrification technology to freeze eggs, which is the most advanced technology available today. The vitrification, or “fast freezing,” method has revolutionized the ability to freeze and successfully thaw frozen eggs. Unlike prior slow-freeze methods, with vitrification, rapid cooling rates spare the egg from forming ice crystals. As a result, eggs are less likely to fracture upon thawing, leading to higher fertilization and pregnancy rates.
Inside the Lab: Egg Freezing Through Vitrification
This video takes you inside the lab and provides an overview of the most advanced technology available for successfully freezing eggs, known as vitrification, or the “fast freezing” method.
The benefit of egg freezing is that it allows women to take better control of their biological clocks by putting their current fertility “on ice” to be used at a later date. With egg freezing, women can achieve pregnancy on their own terms, at a time that is best for them.
Egg freezing is ideal for women who have chosen to delay motherhood due to career, education or lifestyle reasons. It may also be indicated for medical reasons, such as a recent cancer diagnosis, in which chemotherapy or other treatment could put a woman’s future fertility at risk.
Because the number of viable eggs (oocytes) decreases dramatically as a woman ages (commonly known as atresia), women may want to increase their chances of conceiving a child later in life by storing viable eggs as early as possible. Female fertility peaks in the early to mid-20s and declines steadily until around age 35, when the rate drops even further as a woman’s age increases. Risks of chromosomal abnormalities in offspring also increase with the age of a mother’s eggs. For this reason, it is best to use younger eggs for implantation rather than fresh older eggs.
The first step in the egg freezing process is an initial consultation with an RMA physician, in which you will do a medical work-up (bloodwork and ultrasound) and discuss your family-building goals. Once initiated, the egg freezing treatment cycle takes approximately two weeks to complete.
During the cycle, you will take injectable hormone medications to stimulate your ovaries to mature multiple eggs, and you will be monitored (several morning visits to any of our 6 locations) via ultrasounds and blood work. Once your eggs have matured, an RMA physician will perform the egg retrieval procedure. The procedure is performed under light sedation. The physician will aspirate eggs from your ovaries using ultrasound guidance through the vaginal wall. Your period will return around two weeks following the retrieval.
An RMA embryologist will evaluate the maturity of the eggs, since only the eggs that have completed the maturation process are capable of being frozen and fertilized by sperm. The eggs determined to be mature will then be cryopreserved via vitrification and placed in long-term storage, with 24 hour a day, 7 day a week alarm monitoring to indicate any change in temperature.
When you are ready to become pregnant, you will contact RMA of New York and initiate the final phase of the process. An RMA embryologist will thaw the cryopreserved eggs, which will then be fertilized by a partner or donor’s sperm in the lab, creating embryos. As in a regular IVF cycle, an RMA physician will perform an embryo transfer procedure. The physician will use ultrasound to guide a small catheter through the cervix and deposit the embryo(s) in the uterus. The embryo transfer takes only a few minutes, and recovery time is less than a day. A pregnancy test is performed 11 days after the embryo transfer to evaluate whether implantation successfully occurred.
RMA of New York – Brooklyn is located on Court Street in Downtown Brooklyn, and offers full-service fertility care convenient to the Brooklyn community.
Led by Dr. Rashmi Kudesia, Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist, RMA of New York’s Brooklyn team provides patients the personal attention, sensitivity, and convenience of a local doctor’s office, with the latest cutting-edge technologies and laboratory capabilities of one of the nation’s leading fertility centers.
Dr. Rashmi Kudesia is a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist who leads RMA of New York’s Brooklyn office. Dr. Kudesia specializes in treating couples who are trying to build their families. She is patient and knowledgeable in many aspects of reproductive medicine. She evaluates and manages couples with ovulatory issues and male factor, and is comfortable with both basic and advanced technologies. Dr. Kudesia is well recognized amongst her peers for providing detailed and expert compassionate care.
Dr. Kudesia earned her medical degree from Duke University. While at Duke, she earned the Ernestine Friedl Award for her research relating to creation and disposition of cryopreserved embryos, and was awarded the Gibbons Award from the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists in 2007. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College, where she received the Special Resident in Minimally Invasive Gynecology Award in 2012 from the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. She completed her fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility as well as a Masters of Science in Clinical Research Methods at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
RMA of New York’s physicians serve on the faculty board as members of the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, and are involved in extensive clinical research to further the science and technologies of reproductive medicine, including collaborating on studies with the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology. Our team is actively working to advance methods of embryo sequencing to allow further insight in screening for genetic mutations and chromosomal abnormalities, so that we can be sure our patients receive one healthy, screened embryo enabling successful gestation and the birth of one healthy baby.
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Our team of expert reproductive endocrinologists has received international accolades for patient care and outcomes for performing egg freezing procedures, as well as for significant contributions toward the advancement of infertility therapies, IVF, and egg freezing success rates. We are dedicated to providing you, our patient, with highly specialized care in a professional and compassionate manner. Our mission is to offer you the latest innovations in fertility treatment and procedures that are most appropriate for your individual needs.
Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York – Brooklyn
26 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11242Phone: (718) 532-8700
Fax: (212) 756-5770
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