Eggs and Embryo Freezing
Frequently Asked Questions
For women who want to maintain their fertility in the future, egg freezing can be advantageous for a variety of reasons, including:
- Women who want to delay childbearing in order to pursue an educational, career or other personal goals but want in future
- Women who are going through personal circumstances
- Women diagnosed with cancer
- Who have Infections, organ failure, and other health concerns
A woman in her prime reproductive years i.e 20s may feel confident about her family building timeline. Unfortunately, not every woman's journey to motherhood is clear, and some may wonder how long they should wait before considering fertility preservation.
Egg-freezing, also known as ocyte cryopreservation in medical terms, entails stimulating the ovaries with hormones to generate many eggs, extracting the eggs from the ovaries, and freezing them unfertilized for later use.
That is dependent on a number of factors, the most important of which being age. Because your age at the time of freezing is the best indicator of how many of your eggs will be genetically normal, this is the best technique to estimate how many of your eggs will be genetically normal. While there is no 'magic number' that will guarantee a pregnancy in the future, women 34 and younger can rest assured that preserving 10 to 12 eggs will increase their chances of having at least one child. For women who are 35-38 years old, about 15 eggs are optimal; for women 38 and older, the data are more limited and less clear.
If you are over 38 years old then also it is possible to freeze your eggs. However, as the quantity of eggs produced by the body decreases, the number of eggs that can be retrieved and frozen will depend upon your egg reserve. Because pregnancy rates diminish after the age of 35, freezing your eggs sooner is often recommended. Donor eggs from a younger woman are frequently recommended for women over forty who want to delay their fertility.
You can either freeze a large number of eggs to be fertilized later to produce a few embryos, or fertilize the eggs immediately after retrieval and preserve the few embryos that develop. In either case, your odds of becoming pregnant are likely to be the same.
Although egg freezing offers the possibility of a future pregnancy, there is no assurance of success.
Short answer : No, egg freezing won't lower your ovarian reserve and won't decrease your chances of getting pregnant naturally in the future.
They can be frozen for as long as you desire.
A woman with a regular period can expect to get her next period at the same time of her normal cycle i.e 28-30 days after her previous period began or sometimes it can be early also.
Yes, as long as your baseline testing is normal, you can start a new cycle shortly after finishing the previous one. For personal reasons, some women choose to take a month or more "off" between cycles, but this is not essential.
The ovaries' overall supply of eggs is not depleted by retrieving eggs during a single cycle. Rather, it "saves" available eggs that might otherwise be discarded.