Technological and Medical advancements have definitely revolutionized the world and the medical industry. It is surfacing novel ways to infertile couples to battle fertility issues. The introduction of Assisted Reproductive Technologies is ground-breaking in itself, as it assists the infertile couples to realize the joy of parenthood.

Egg freezing has changed the scenario by supporting women to experience the journey towards motherhood when their chances were less or minimalistic for the same. Egg Freezing is for all the working women out there who are career oriented. This paves the way for them by freezing the eggs for future as the fertility clock waits for none.

Through this way the quality of eggs is preserved as increasing age, unhealthy lifestyles, increasing stress, bad habits like smoking etc. contribute to the problem of infertility. Thus, it is always suggested and advised to freeze the eggs at a younger age to avoid the problem of infertility in the future.

What is Egg Freezing?

Egg freezing or Mature Oocyte Cryopreservation is a method to preserve reproductive potential in women. The process involves collecting eggs from the ovaries, freezing, and storing them for future use. This frozen egg can be thawed and fused with the sperm for fertilization and the resultant embryo is then implanted in the uterus of the intended mother.

Egg freezing is a good option for women who are not ready for pregnancy but want to have a child in future without any complication due to their increased age.

Steps Involved:

Ovaries are stimulated to produce more than one egg.

Egg retrieval is done under sedation. During this process an ultrasound probe is inserted into the vagina and eggs are collected through the Oocyte Retrieval Procedure.

After the unfertilized eggs are gathered, they are frozen using special techniques so that they can be used in future.

In what conditions women consider Egg Freezing?

Women can preserve their eggs for future use due to their career choices, late marriage or have unhealthy lifestyles.

Undergo treatments that affect fertility levels of eggs.

If they are dealing with any kind of illness that might touch their fertility levels.

In case a woman is undergoing IVF treatment and her partner is incapable to produce the semen sample on the day of egg retrieval.

It is advisable to women to freeze their eggs when they are in their most fertile years so that they can have better chances for a successful pregnancy whenever they plan to conceive in future.

In conversation with Dr. Rita Bakshi, Senior Gynaecologist and IVF Expert, International Fertility Centre