What is Egg Freezing? Procedure, Risks and Cost – Nisha IVF Ahmedabad
Women today are choosing to have children later in life. Egg freezing can enable a woman’s choice to have children later in their life. Egg freezing can be an excellent option for women who are not ready to have children yet but are planning on doing so. In this article, Dr Nisarg Patel from one of the best IVF centre in Ahmedabad, talks about the egg freezing technique.
What is Egg Freezing?Egg freezing is a process that involves retrieving eggs from the ovaries and storing them unfertilized for future use. These eggs can later be fertilized using IVF. Egg freezing is also called oocyte cryopreservation. You can visit a doctor to learn how egg freezing works. They can also explain potential risks to you and if the method is helpful for you or not. If you want to visit a gynecologist, Nisha IVF is one of the best IVF hospitals in Ahmedabad. Dr. Nisarg Patel is a gynecologist who has treated hundreds of patients and has 10+ years of experience.
Who is it useful for?According to Dr Maniyar, egg freezing can be an excellent option if you aren’t ready to get pregnant yet but are planning on doing so later. You might want to think about egg freezing in the following situations:
- You have a health condition affecting your fertility: These conditions may include sickle cell anemia, diseases like lupus, or gender diversity.
- Undergoing IVF: When undergoing IVF, some people want to freeze their eggs.
- You are having treatment for cancer or other diseases affecting your fertility: Some medical treatments like chemotherapy can affect your fertility. You can choose the option of egg freezing to ensure your chances of pregnancy.
- You want to preserve your eggs for your future uses: Freezing your eggs at a young age can help you get pregnant when you are ready later in life.
- The doctor will give you some medication to stimulate your ovaries for producing multiple eggs instead of a single egg.
- During the treatment, you’ll be monitored by your doctor. Doctors will do blood tests so they can know your response to the ovarian stimulation medications.
- You will also need to get an ultrasound done to get an image inside your ovaries to keep track of the growth of follicles where the eggs mature.
- When they’re ready to be retrieved after around 10-14 days, injections or medication are given to help mature the eggs.
- Egg retrieval is done with the help of anesthesia in a clinic or hospital. Commonly, an ultrasound probe is inserted in your vagina to help identify the follicles.
- A needle is sent through your vagina into the follicle. A suctioning device that is connected to the needle removes the egg from the follicle and multiple eggs are removed to have better chances of the birth.
- You might experience cramping after the egg retrieval.
- The eggs are cooled down to shallow temperatures to preserve them for future uses.
- The process used for egg freezing is known as vitrification. In this process, high concentrations of substances that help prevent ice crystals from developing while the freezing process is used along with rapid cooling.
RisksAccording to Dr Maniyar, egg freezing carries different risks like:
- Complications while the egg retrieval: It is a rare situation where the insertion in your vagina for the egg retrieval causes bleeding, infection to the bladder, bowel, or a blood vessel.
- Conditions related to the use of fertility drugs: Rarely using drugs given to you to induce ovulation causes your ovaries to become swollen and painful. Symptoms can include bloating, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.
- Risks related to emotions: Egg freezing cannot guarantee success, so it can be damaging for someone hoping to get pregnant after the egg freezing process. That is why it is important to provide emotional support to the patient like they do at Nisha IVF, one of the best hospitals in Ahmedabad.
Factors affecting the Success of Egg Freezing
- Age at which the eggs are frozen
- Age at the time o thawing and IVF
- Sperm Quality
- The clinic you are taking the treatment at
- The number of eggs