Know-abouts on Freezing your Eggs

May 13, 2022
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'Oocyte Cryopreservation', commonly known as egg freezing is the process of preserving a woman's eggs or oocytes. This is an option for women who want to postpone their pregnancy, either for medical reasons, or social reasons. Eggs are extracted, frozen, and stored until the woman wants to facilitate her pregnancy in the future.

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The chances of getting pregnant and delivering a healthy baby are way higher for women who extracted their eggs at a younger age. Egg freezing is a blessing for women who need a way to stop their biological clock and keep their reproductive options open. This is a great method for women to preserve their younger and healthier eggs for their uncertain future.  

Freezing of eggs can help boost the chances of getting pregnant for the following group of women:

  • Who have been diagnosed with cancer and haven't begun their chemotherapy treatment yet
  • Who have a family history of early menopause
  • Who want to preserve their eggs at an early age, and secure their future

Since every person's medical procedure and body is different, not everyone will have the same reaction to the medicines or the same recovery time. Most women do not face any side effects after freezing their eggs and bounce back quickly after a cycle. Some women may find it hard to make a decision.

The following are advantages and disadvantages of freezing your eggs:

Pros

  • Provides women more childbearing options
  • Puts decision-making power in the woman's hands
  • Reduces fertility anxiety
  • Provides time to find an ideal partner
  • Protects your eggs from diseases
  • Pauses your biological clock until you are ready
  • Increases coverage choices for women

Cons

  • It is not risk-free
  • May put pressure on women to delay having children
  • The procedure might not work
  • Women may miss their fertility window
  • Does not guarantee a pregnancy

It is important to remember that the oocytes are frozen, not your fertility, hence one must think of all their options, evaluate their pros and cons before coming up with a decision. Oocyte Cryopreservation does not guarantee childbirth and can jeopardize chances of having a baby for some women. Carefully determine all the possible outcomes before deciding what option to go with.