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(The longest reported successful thaw came after 14 years—so you’ve got some time here.)
Your frozen eggs will be stored at New England Cryogenic Center (NECC) in Marlborough, MA, the industry leader in cryopreservation storage and shipping. The facility is in a secure business park and employs 24/7 security and monitoring.
Why NECC? Simply put: they’re the best in the egg freezing storage biz. For more than 25 years, NECC has provided cryopreservation services to clients and medical professionals around the world for human tissue: eggs, sperm, embryos—even stem cells and bone marrow. There are more than 385,000 samples stored at NECC.
NECC is registered and governed by the FDA, licensed with appropriate regulatory agencies, and is regularly inspected by several entities. They use a highly tested, fail-safe inventory and storage system.
In fact, NECC is the safest and most secure environment possible for egg freezing storage. First, the security: the site is monitored 24/7 and staff are on site 365 days a year. The facility has video surveillance, an ADT alarm system, and motion detectors. All visitors must be identified and buzzed in. Eggs are stored in tanks in a designated egg freezing storage room with its own security, and access to that room is restricted to only necessary personnel.
And with regard to safety: each tank has its own separate monitor and multiple monitoring systems in place to ensure proper tank temperature and liquid nitrogen levels. Tanks are visually inspected daily. NECC is protected from power failures by backup generators, and a 9,000-gallon gravity-fed liquid nitrogen tank is on premises in case of a power failure.
There have been numerous healthy babies born from eggs frozen for 5–10 years. One study reported that a woman used her own eggs, frozen as a teenager, to give birth 14 years later. Long story short: there’s no evidence that the health or viability of frozen eggs decreases over time. Hooray!