What is egg freezing?
Egg freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation, is a process that allows women to store their eggs for future use. This procedure involves the extraction of a woman’s eggs, which are then frozen and stored until the woman is ready to start a family.
What are the benefits of egg freezing?
Egg freezing provides a variety of benefits, especially for young women. The first significant advantage is the chance to postpone pregnancy. This can be extremely useful for women who wish to focus on career development, further education, or other life goals without the ticking pressure of the biological clock.
Further, a younger woman’s frozen egg generally has a higher chance of successful fertilisation. This is because fertility naturally declines with age. By freezing eggs at a younger age, women are essentially ‘capturing’ their fertility at its peak, which can significantly enhance the prospects of a successful pregnancy later in life.
For young women facing medical conditions like cancer, which can jeopardise fertility, egg freezing serves as an invaluable method for fertility preservation. It allows these women to undergo necessary medical treatments without worrying about the potential impact on their future ability to conceive.
Another vital benefit of egg freezing is that it acts as insurance against future infertility. As women age, the quality and quantity of their eggs decrease. Women can extend their fertility by freezing eggs when they are healthy and abundant.
Despite the numerous benefits, it’s crucial to understand that egg freezing is not a guarantee of achieving a live birth. Various factors can influence the success rates of egg freezing.
Does your age at the time of egg freezing make a difference?
Age at the time of freezing is one significant factor; younger women generally have higher-quality eggs, leading to higher success rates. The number of eggs frozen also correlates with the success rate, with more eggs usually providing a higher chance of successful fertilisation and live birth.
Egg Freezing technique
The freezing technique used can impact the survival rate of eggs. The ‘flash freezing’ or vitrification technique has shown high success rates as your eggs do not age.
The quality of the eggs at the time of freezing also plays a crucial role. Healthy and high-quality eggs are more likely to withstand the freezing and thawing process, thus increasing the chances of successful fertilisation.
Egg freezing can be beneficial for preserving fertility, giving women more control over their reproductive timeline. However, it’s essential to note that the success rate varies greatly depending on individual circumstances, and a live birth is never guaranteed.
Egg Freezing for international patients
It is worth noting that some regions, such as China, currently limit access to egg-freezing procedures, with assisted reproductive technologies only available to married couples. Consequently, the accessibility of egg freezing may depend on local regulations and cultural norms. Dr Moses Abe is available for consultation and egg freezing.
We encourage every woman to start the conversation now, regardless of age, background, and social status.
Steps to follow
- Book an appointment – Face to Face or Telehealth with Dr Abe. Call us on 03 5221 4000
- Complete simple fertility profile check and blood tests, including egg reserves such as AMH and Antral follicle count on pelvic Ultrasound scan.
- No waiting times apply on completion of the above.
- Egg retrieval is a safe day procedure with little or no disruptions to your everyday schedule.
- This is offered at multiple Monash IVF Melbourne clinics and Geelong locations.
- Excellent chances of conception in subsequent years.
值得注意的是，一些地区，例如中国，目前限制使用卵子冷冻程序，辅助生殖技术仅适用于已婚夫妇。因此，卵子冷冻的可及性可能取决于当地法规和文化规范。 Moses Abe 医生可提供咨询和卵子冷冻服务。