4 Things to Consider Before Freezing Your Eggs
10 October 2020
1) It’s now affordable and readily available.
Although the technology of egg freezing, specifically vitrification, has taken 20 years for scientists to develop, more and more women are undergoing this process. Egg freezing is now affordable and readily available.
2) It’s a simple and very tolerable process.
Egg freezing involves all steps of an In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) cycle, up to and including the egg transfer process. A standard procedure does not require hospital admission, repeated blood tests or excessive ultrasound monitoring. Typically, it involves a women consulting a Fertility Specialist in a clinic setting and being educated about how to self-administer hormone injections in the comfort of their own home. Remember, we now know more than we ever have before about IVF and egg freezing.
3) Best age to freeze your eggs is before 35 years old.
As we know, as women grow older, the quantity and quality of eggs depreciates. After the age of 35 years old, a woman might have to undergo multiple cycles in order to harvest enough good quality eggs in order to achieve a pregnancy later in life. Of course, if one does not take into account of other factors, we would encourage a woman to freeze their eggs in their mid to late 20s. The younger the lady, the better her eggs, why not? The reality is, most ladies in their 20s will not have this need in mind. Therefore, 30 to 35 years old is the optimum age where a lady considers egg freezing, and there’s a medical reason to do so.
4) The 100% survival of your frozen eggs.
Gone are the days where scientists are celebrating the survival of frozen human cell line. With the process of vitrification and thawing, the condition of frozen eggs are now as good as fresh eggs. That said, with any medical procedure, there are risks. Therefore, the risk in egg freezing is the same with any IVF procedure, whereby the risk of abnormality is 0.2% higher than the normal population.
There you have it, the 4 things to consider before you freeze your eggs.