Pregnancy is a long-term commitment. A whole new journey starts after the little one arrives. It is this bundle of joy around whom the couple’s life revolves. All the plans and endeavours of the couple are defined taking into consideration the baby. The new age couples are torn between when to have their child and how to plan their career. While the ideal age for women to get pregnant is between 25-30 year of her age, these are the years when the eggs are most fertile and most healthy. Egg freezing is one of the techniques of extending fertility used by IVF Expert in India for the women.
This is also the age when most women complete their education is at the zenith of their career.
They cannot devote all their time to the child hence women refrain from getting pregnant. But as their age increases, the quality of eggs deteriorates and the chances of conception decrease. To find the midway between the “I need to focus on my career” and “I need to get pregnant in time before losing my high-quality eggs” many types of research were made, and egg freezing was introduced by IVF expert India.
When it comes to alternative methods to get pregnant, there are several questions that one has in his mind. From the hows to whats, all sort of questions keeps popping in one’s head. Here is all the know-how of the egg freezing technique answered by consulting the IVF Expert- India and abroad.
What is the ‘egg-freezing’ process?
Egg freezing is the technique of retrieving the eggs from the woman’s ovaries and preserving them in a laboratory by freezing them. These eggs can be used whenever the woman wishes to get pregnant through IVF technique.
Why should the eggs be preserved?
There can be several reasons that the woman preserves the eggs:
1. She is not ready career-wise, finance wise or relationship wise but she plans to have babies later in her life.
2. The woman is undergoing the treatment for a terminal disease (like chemotherapy) which has a potential of harming her reproductive system
3. She is not ready to have kids now but might change her mind in the future.
At what age should the woman freeze her eggs?
Ideally, women between the age of 23-28 have the highest number of fertile eggs.
How is the quality of eggs dependent on the age?
While it is true that you need to be young at heart in life and that age is just a number, but for being able to reproduce healthily, age is a crucial factor. With increasing age, the quality and quantity of eggs decreases. Women have a certain number of eggs in their lifetime. At the time of birth, there are about millions of eggs. With every passing day, the woman keeps on losing the eggs. Since the number of eggs is limited, they cannot be artificially made. Preserving the eggs gives the opportunity to store the eggs at the younger age and using them at an older age.
How does a woman get pregnant after the egg freezing?
After freezing the eggs, although the woman ages, the eggs don’t age. The quality of the eggs is intact. When the woman decides to get pregnant, these eggs can be used for the IVF process by combining the sperms and the eggs and then inseminating it in the uterus of the woman. Frozen eggs can also be used during surrogacy treatment. All of this happens under the observation of an IVF Expert. India has many IVF centers that provide the option of freezing the eggs.
What is the medical procedure that the woman has to go while freezing the egg?
The whole egg freezing process takes place in the span between two menstrual cycles. The woman is injected with medicines that stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs which otherwise produces only one egg during the ovulation phase. During this period, several tests like blood test, transvaginal ultrasound, and other test are conducted to make sure that the process is smooth. When the eggs are formed, the woman undergoes a small clinical procedure of extracting eggs under mild anaesthesia.
What are the risks involved in the egg freezing process?
The process although is not very simple, doesn’t involve many risks. The injections will be given near your belly, and the medications should suit you, your ovaries should be responsive to the medication and produce the desired quantity of eggs, during the clinical procedure the woman will be under the influence of anaesthesia. These are trivial vulnerabilities that the woman is exposed to while freezing the egg. These are not too risky.
These were the typical questions hovering over a woman’s head when she is thinking of freezing her eggs. Knowing all of this gives clarity of the process but is not enough. Different types of risks are involved in different women. Going to the right doctor and getting a personal check-up done is the right way to go for egg freezing.
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