The chances of getting pregnant decrease with age, especially above the age of 40. Therefore, it is essential to preserve a healthy egg during your most fertile years for use in the future. The process of saving an egg to give women a chance to conceive in the future is known as egg freezing. Based on various factors and needs, the doctor will advise you on the benefits and potential risks. Book an appointment online today with a Hoboken egg freezing specialist to get started. Below is everything you need to understand about the procedure:
Why should you opt for an egg freeze?
Egg freezing should not be confused with embryo cryopreservation. Egg freezing preserves an egg without being fertilized first as opposed to the latter. You should go for the egg freezing option if:
- There is a medical condition that has the potential to affect your fertility in the future. Such conditions could include autoimmune diseases or sickle cell anemia. Gender diversity could also be another condition that affects fertility.
- You are considering or already undergoing in vitro fertilization. People may prefer egg freezing instead of embryo freezing for ethical reasons.
- You are not ready to have a child at the moment. Egg freezing is useful for people who are not ready to conceive at the moment due to various reasons but want to have a baby in the future.
- You are about to undergo a treatment that will affect your fertility. Chemotherapy and other treatments, such as radiation, might reduce your chances of becoming pregnant. Therefore, if you are about to undergo such treatments, you can store an egg for future use.
What should you expect during egg freezing?
Egg freezing is done in multiple steps before storage. They include:
- Ovarian stimulation: The doctor will administer synthetic hormones so that you produce multiple eggs for harvesting. These medications include injections to stimulate production and medications to hinder premature ovulation.
- Egg retrieval: The specialist sedates you before inserting an ultrasound probe inside the vagina to see the follicles. They then insert a needle with a suction device to remove the multiple eggs inside. According to studies, more eggs increase the chances of birth in the future.
- Freezing: The harvested eggs are brought to subzero temperatures for preservation. It is more difficult to preserve an unfertilized egg successfully than it is to store a fertilized one. Specialists also work to prevent the forming of ice crystallization during freezing.
What are the possible risks?
- Fertility drugs could have side effects: Sometimes, the drugs injected to stimulate ovulation could make ovaries painful and swollen after ovulation. Patients experience abdominal pain and bloating as a result.
- Retrieval complications: Although rare, patients could experience bleeding and damage of pelvic organs as a complication of using an aspirating needle in retrieval.
- Emotional: Egg freezing only increases the chances of future conception but does not guarantee success.
If there has been a history in your family where menopause occurs earlier than expected, you may want to consider storing an egg as a precaution. The University Reproductive Associates team offers egg freezing services to increase the chances of a future successful pregnancy. Book an appointment online today for treatment or consultation.