Some women understand that their reproductive potential declines as they age, but they are not ready to have children yet. They can choose to freeze their eggs so that they can use them to create a pregnancy at a later point.
When Should Women Consider Egg Freezing?
Although this method was initially employed to aid women who were scheduled for radiation treatment or chemotherapy, it is now a popular approach for women wanting to preserve their fertility potential as they age. This is particularly the case when female fertility substantially decreases beyond 35 years of age.
If you are interested in freezing your eggs, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us for additional information to help you make this choice.
How Does Egg Freezing Work?
To collect eggs for freezing, you would go through the analogous procedure of receiving hormone injections utilized in IVF. However, when the eggs are retrieved, they are frozen directly in the laboratory and can be subsequently warmed, fertilized and transferred at some other time in the future.
The egg-freezing cycle is a process that requires about two to three weeks to complete. It involves taking FSH injections for ten to fourteen days so as to mature multiple eggs for retrieval. Regular visits are necessary during this time frame, where ultrasound scans and blood tests are carried out. The last step after collection is cryopreservation, which entails the immediate freezing of these extracted eggs.