Get Ahead of Your Fertility! Learn More About Egg Freezing Today
Egg freezing is the process of storing eggs before they are released. Eggs are frozen in liquid nitrogen tanks until they are ready to be transferred to a laboratory where they are thawed out and then fertilized. Egg freezing is the process of storing eggs in liquid nitrogen until they are ready to be harvested. The process of egg freezing requires a lot of planning ahead of time. You need to decide if you want to freeze only certain types of eggs or all of them. Each method has its own pros and cons. Below we will discuss some of the methods you could use to store your eggs.
Why Egg Freezing?
Egg freezing is a great way to preserve fertility and avoid pregnancy at any age. Egg freezing is a safe, effective method of preserving fertility and avoiding pregnancy. Women who freeze their eggs have a greater chance of conceiving later in life than women who do not freeze their eggs. If you’re looking to start a family, egg freezing may be right for you!
Egg freezing is a simple procedure that takes about 30 minutes. You simply take a small amount of blood (about 1/8th cup) from your arm vein using a needle and syringe. Your doctor then places the sample under a microscope to look for immature eggs called oocytes. Once they find them, they remove them from the body and place them in a special solution until they are ready to use. When you go back for your appointment, your doctor will check if the eggs are mature enough so that they can freeze them. If they are, he or she will extract them from the liquid and put them in a container filled with ice crystals. After the eggs are ready to freeze, they are put in a freezer where they remain until you need them.
There are many different types of egg-freezing options. These include:
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI): In this type of egg freezing, doctors inject sperm directly into the cytoplasm of the egg. This helps increase the chances of conception.
Cryopreservation: In this option, eggs are removed from the ovaries and placed in a solution containing cryoprotectants. Then they are frozen and stored in a freezer.
Vitrification: Eggs are removed from the ovary and placed in a solution that contains high concentrations of sugar.
Slow-freeze: In this option, the eggs are taken out of the ovary and placed into a solution that contains cryoprotectants and then frozen slowly over several days.
Egg Freezing is Safely Done at Any Age
The first step to freezing your eggs is choosing a clinic where you want to do it. You should go to clinics that have professional organizations. There are many different types of accreditation out there including the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and World Health Organization (WHO). ASRM is the largest organization and WHO is the second largest. Both of these organizations make sure they only allow clinics that meet their standards. Your doctor may recommend another type of clinic over what I am recommending below. My recommendations are based on my personal research and experience. If you choose to use any other clinic, please consult with them about their methods before doing anything else.
Don’t Wait Until After Menopause
If you wait until after menopause to freeze your eggs, then you’re going to miss out on many years of potential fertility. Let’s say you’re 35 now and want to start having kids later than 40. That means if you don’t start soon, you’ll never be able to have children after age 45. That’s not even possible! So you need to start to freeze your eggs today while you still have good quality eggs left.
Don’t Use Hormone Therapy
Many women who take hormone therapy (HT), especially Premarin, while trying to conceive naturally stop using HT once they have a baby. However, some women find that stopping HT doesn’t work, and they end up needing donor eggs. One study found that women who stopped taking hormone therapy had higher rates of infertility. In addition, there are studies showing that estrogen lowers sperm count.
Don’t Get Pregnant Before Fertility Treatment
This might sound crazy, but lots of people try to get pregnant before starting fertility treatment. This makes no sense because you won’t be able to give birth to a child without help. Women who want to have natural pregnancies should wait at least 6 months after starting fertility treatments before trying to become pregnant.
Be Sure To Freeze Enough Eggs
Don’t just assume you’ve got enough eggs. You could have plenty of eggs, but if they aren’t mature enough, then they won’t develop properly. You should at least store 2 sets of 12 eggs. Make sure the clinic does a proper job with the way they store your eggs. Many clinics think they are saving time by storing eggs in liquid nitrogen instead of dry ice. However, liquid nitrogen is extremely expensive and dangerous. Dry ice is much safer and cheaper. Also, make sure they keep the freezer temperature between -100 degrees Fahrenheit (-73 Celsius) and -150 degrees Fahrenheit (-93 Celsius).
Talk to A Nurse About Fertility Issues
Have someone talk to you about fertility issues. Nurses know everything there is to know about fertility and pregnancy. Ask questions and learn how to prepare yourself for future pregnancies.
How much does egg freezing costs, do they come under insurance?
Egg freezing costs between $800-$2000 depending on how much time you want to wait before having children. You should begin planning for your future childbearing years now. Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, and insurance companies cover egg freezing. There are, however, some private insurers that will only cover egg freezing if you have cancer.
What percentage of women are opting for Egg Freezing?
This question was asked by a female friend who wanted to know what percentage of women were choosing to freeze their eggs instead of having IVF treatments.
The answer is about 1% of women choose to do this. There are many reasons why people opt not to have fertility treatment. One of them is the cost. Many insurance companies don’t cover fertility treatments unless they are in conjunction with infertility treatments. So if you want to get pregnant naturally without any medical intervention, then you need to save money first. Another reason is that some women feel like they already have everything they could possibly want. If you’re happy with your job, relationship, family, friends, etc., then you might not think you need to try again. And lastly, some women just don’t want to try to conceive at all.
If you decide to go down the route of freezing your eggs, make sure you talk to a doctor before doing anything. You should always consult with your doctor before making any major decisions regarding your body.
The final takeaway,
What Are the Chances?
The chances of pregnancy after oocyte cryopreservation are high if the patient is under 35 years old and her partner is fertile. However, the chance of getting pregnant decreases with increasing age. In addition, the chances of becoming pregnant decrease if the woman is over 40 years old.
How Does Cryopreserving Your Eggs Affect You?
Cryopreserving eggs do not affect your fertility. If you have already had children, then freezing your eggs may help you achieve a successful pregnancy later in life.
Is There Any Risk?
There is no risk in using frozen-thawed eggs. However, some women who freeze their eggs do experience ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). OHSS occurs when the ovaries produce too many follicles. These follicles become enlarged and rupture, causing fluid buildup in the abdomen.
Can I Freeze My Own Eggs?
Yes, you can freeze your own eggs. Many people choose to freeze their eggs before they reach menopause. Women who freeze their eggs often use them to get pregnant at a later time in life.
Will Freezing My Eggs Hurt Me?
Freezing your eggs does not hurt you. However, it takes longer than simply having unprotected sex to conceive.
When Should I Freeze My Eggs?
You should freeze your eggs between the ages of 25 and 35.