Fertility: Frozen in Time
The act of removing eggs from the ovary and freezing them for later use when a woman is ready to have a baby is known as egg freezing. Egg freezing improves the odds of having a successful pregnancy later in life. When eggs are frozen, their quality and “youth” are preserved. Women profit from an egg that was frozen during their optimum reproductive period.
At the World IVF centre, we use the most advanced method of egg freezing known as oocyte vitrification, or simply vitrification. Book your appointment with World infertility and IVF centre Delhi.
Egg freezing process
- The first step is to meet with one of our physicians to get an overview of the process and to ask any questions you may have.
- Your next consultation will include blood testing and an ultrasound to establish your ovarian reserve and preconception potential.
- Following testing, your results are discussed with your doctor to determine your specific protocol. The expected number of eggs is also discussed. Ideal numbers are also explored.
- Following that, you will begin your pharmaceutical programme. To stimulate your ovaries, up to three different drugs are injected into your belly via a tiny needle for 8-14 days.
- Our experts will give demonstrations of these injections; many patients report that the shot feels like a slight ‘pinch’ and that they quickly get the hang of it.
- There are services available to have nurses deliver injections at the comfort of your own home — ask your doctor for further information.
- Monitoring with blood work and ultrasound is done during your medication period to gauge your reaction and alter your meds.
- During this two-week period, women come in every day on average. Then you’ll be ready for egg retrieval.
- For the 15-30 minute operation, egg retrieval necessitates light sedation, also known as “twilight” anaesthesia.
- You’ll need someone to drive you home after the surgery. The majority of women return to work the next day. You may suffer bloating, spotting, or slight discomfort afterward, but these symptoms usually subside soon.
- The eggs are flash-frozen and kept in our cryo tanks until you are ready to use them.
Technology for freezing eggs
Since the first pregnancy reported with a thawed egg in 1986, technology has advanced at a breakneck pace. Previously, egg freezing used a slow-freezing procedure, which occasionally harmed the eggs by enabling ice crystals to develop, potentially affecting the egg’s integrity.
Our present technology, vitrification, swiftly freezes the egg (flash-freezing), preventing the formation of ice crystals.
Why Should I Keep My Eggs Frozen?
Fast-paced lifestyles, job objectives, or the inability to meet the perfect spouse are all popular reasons for deferring parenting. However, there is no assurance that a woman will be able to conceive if she desires to establish a family. Egg freezing can help alleviate some of these difficulties.
Women in today’s society are preferring to have children at a later age. This can sometimes make it harder to conceive. The likelihood of reproductive problems increases when a woman’s ovarian reserve falls with age. Freezing eggs at a younger age allows women to conceive later while still reaping the pregnancy health benefits of using a younger egg, such as lower miscarriage and Down Syndrome rates.
Some women become pregnant naturally the first time, but then freeze their eggs for a second or third child, or if they are diagnosed with secondary infertility.
More information about protecting fertility before chemotherapy or other medical treatments that may induce infertility can be found here.
Is it safe to say that I’m an excellent candidate?
The ideal age to store eggs is 32-36, although any woman between the ages of 30 and 40 with appropriate hormone levels should consider egg freezing if she wants to postpone conception. The quantity of eggs a woman must freeze is determined by her age, although age is only one determinant. Not all 35- and 40-year-olds are the same. As a result, there is no definite upper limit; nevertheless, women under and equal to 40 will have higher success, and studies have indicated that egg freezing is cost-effective till the age of 38.
Flexibility is also essential. You must be available for daily appointments for about 2-3 weeks.
What are the complications?
There is no assurance of success or that the eggs will be healthy and result in a healthy baby once thawed. Despite the fact that over 200 infants have been born as a result of this method, and there has been no recorded increase in genetic or congenital problems, egg freezing is a novel technology with many unknowns.
Careful data collecting is underway, and other research will be conducted in the future to give light on the process. Furthermore, treatment can be emotionally and financially draining. Our team of specialists is ready to help you through the process and put your mind at ease.
What happens when one is ready to have a baby?
You will consult with your doctor to confirm that you are healthy and prepared to carry a pregnancy. Some lab tests will also be required for your male spouse (or sperm supply). When you are ready, you will start taking medication to prepare your uterus for pregnancy.
The eggs will be thawed and injected with sperm at the appropriate time, a procedure known as ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection). When the embryos are three or five days old, they are put into your uterus. Extra embryos can be frozen and saved.
You will continue to take hormones to help with the early stages of pregnancy. You will find out if you are pregnant about 10-12 days following the embryo transfer. After 8 weeks, your care will be transferred to the obstetrician who will deliver your baby.
What other choices are there?
There are numerous different options accessible to women who have a better probability of having a baby.
Married couples may want to pursue In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and saving embryos for eventual implantation, as embryos have been shown to freeze better than eggs.
Women suffering from significant medical problems, such as cancer, may choose to undergo chemotherapy/surgery now, and then explore adoption, embryo adoption, or egg donation if their ovaries are no longer functional. They can contemplate gestational carrier with IVF if they no longer have a uterus but still have working ovaries.
Women who do not have a male partner may choose to pursue donor inseminations or an IVF cycle with donor sperm, as well as having a kid right away. They could also opt to store embryos developed with donor sperm for future use.
If a woman waits until the “perfect moment” and then discovers that her age is preventing her from conceiving, egg donation and adoption are always choices.
Our doctors and team will walk you through each step of the procedure, ensuring that you completely understand the benefits, dangers, costs, and possibilities of a successful pregnancy. We appreciate the opportunity to assist you in taking control of your fertility today and in the future. Schedule your appointment with IVF specialist in Delhi NCR at World IVF centre.