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Egg Freezing - FAQs

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Dr. Sumati Saxena 90% (21 ratings)
MBBS, MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Allahabad  •  34 years experience
Egg Freezing - FAQs

Bearing a child is a life-changing decision which can bring in endless joy into your life but at the same time alter your typical routine to an unfathomable extent. So, if you feel it is not the right time to go for it, then you can look at egg freezing as an option. Here is an insightful FAQ that would help you in the decision-making process.

What is it?
Egg freezing is a scientific procedure that preserves the eggs created in a woman’s uterus. The intention behind such a procedure is to enable a woman to choose eggs that are thawed at first, then fertilized and transferred over to her uterus in the form of embryos. These actions enable pregnancy at any chosen time.

When Should you consider Egg Freezing?
Women that wish to delay the childbearing process should consider egg freezing. This situation often arises when women wish to pursue higher education goals or advancements in their professional careers. The medical procedure is also recommended for women that have been diagnosed with cancer or if a woman harbors any objections to storing a frozen embryo in light of moral or religious imperatives.

When Should you Freeze your Eggs?
Women that are navigating their prime reproductive years and feel confident about building a family of their own can opt for the process. That is the perfect time for a woman to freeze her eggs in case she is disposed to such actions. Women that are unsure about their position in life or have questions as to whether they want a family life (at all) should put such procedures on hold. They may wish to take their time and reach a considered decision before embarking on the next step.

What is the Egg Freezing Procedure all about?

Freezing eggs is a medical procedure that deploys flash freezing or slow freezing processes. This is termed as vitrification. The egg freezing cycle takes an estimated three weeks to complete and maintains consistency with the early stages of an IVF process. The procedure involves the intake of birth control pills for one or two weeks to temporarily switch off natural hormonal actions. Subsequently, hormone injections are administered for nine or ten days in an attempt to stimulate the ovaries and to enable the ripening of multiple eggs. The mature eggs are removed with a needle that is inserted through the vagina. The procedure operates under ultrasound guidance. Women are subject to intravenous sedation during the process, which is not a painful one. After that, the eggs are frozen immediately; they will be thawed and injected with one single sperm to achieve fertilization.

 

How long can Eggs remain Frozen?
Eggs can be allowed to remain frozen for as long as ten years. The quality of the eggs is not disturbed while these remain in a frozen state.

In light of these points, it emerges that egg freezing is a painless and hassle-free procedure that allows women to avert an early pregnancy. Newly married women who are not interested in starting a family right away can opt for this process. This can be viewed as a lifestyle choice available to women until they are ready to conceive.
 

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