Medicine has grown and evolved over the years, and so many things have changed. Not withholding women’s health and the options available to deal with issues of infertility, pregnancy and overall genetic wellness.
What Does It Mean To Freeze Your Eggs?
Women are born with a finite amount of eggs. Nowadays, there are plenty of reasons for women to choose to go through the process of Oocyte Cryopreservation (Egg Freezing). This means that women have healthy, unfertilised eggs removed through a minor surgery and frozen for future use.
What Does The Process Involve?
When you choose to freeze your eggs, you undergo a procedure to improve the chances of successful implantation when you are ready to use it.
It begins with a process of hormone injections that will help improve fertility, stimulate ovulation and mature your eggs, similar to IVF treatment. This usually lasts around ten days.
You will then undergo a minor, painless retrieval process where multiple eggs are taken under sedation.
These eggs are flash-frozen and kept in frigid storage conditions for up to 10 years.
What Is The Success Rate For Egg Freezing?
Egg Freezing is not an insurance policy for the future but comes with uncertainties. Multiple eggs are taken to increase the odds of collecting a viable specimen to inseminate and implant into the womb. The success rates have a lot of variables, to name a few:
- Eggs surviving the freezing process
- Eggs surviving the thawing process
- Successful fertilisation
- Successful implantation
The results vary greatly, so it’s usually a good idea to get a quantity built up over a few cycles. This will significantly improve your odds of success.
The Ideal Age To Freeze Your Eggs
While there is no age restriction as to when to freeze your eggs, there are certain ages that offer optimum fertility. Eggs age with us, often leading to hormone variances and other factors affecting fertility. This is why most doctors recommend women freeze their eggs between the ages of 20 to 35 years old.
The Benefits Of Egg Freezing
Egg Freezing can be beneficial for a host of different scenarios:
- You have the fertility freedom to wait before starting a family.
- You are in a same-sex partnership and want to have your own biological children.
- You can safely transition (if transgender) and still have the option for biological children.
- You may have a medical condition where you are at high-risk for infertility or pregnancy issues.
Depending on you and your reasoning, you could find oocyte cryopreservation extremely beneficial to your situation.
What Risks Should I Be Aware Of?
Everyone is different, and as a result, some risks come with egg freezing, the procedure and the future.
You could react to the fertility treatment used to prepare you for the retrieval and end up with side effects like nausea, cramps and irregular bleeding. You could also develop Ovarian Hyperstimulation syndrome.
There is also no guarantee that your eggs will be viable either, which means there is a chance that you still won’t become pregnant.
It is also a substantial financial risk.
Egg Freezing is an option for some, which is worth investing in. However, if you are considering it, do your research. Blooming Eve has many helpful articles to help prepare you if you freeze your eggs.