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Egg freezing - What are the reasons for egg freezing? What is the Procedure?

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Egg freezing procedure is one of the most recommended cryopreservation procedures in the latest times. Egg freezing procedure is performed in the fertility clinic and stored in the egg banks. It is recommended in case of women who want to conceive with their own eggs after the age of 35.

Let’s Discuss in More Detail About Reason and Procedure of Egg Freezing:

It is the process of extracting, freezing, and storing a woman’s eggs until she’s ready to be pregnant. When she wants a baby, her eggs can be thawed, fertilized, and transferred to the uterus as embryos. Yes, these are the zygotes you learned about in your high school science class.

Reason: Because the biological clock and the life clock aren't always synced up. The biological clock is the one that makes it harder to get pregnant the longer you wait. The life clock, on the other hand, may have you spending your prime baby-making years doing everything besides making babies. Egg freezing procedure can help you slow down time if you want to wait and get pregnant later. This can be done between the period of doing infertility treatment or while doing IVF treatment

Egg Freezing Procedure, IVF Treatment

Think of egg freezing procedure as a 401K for your fertility; you put healthy eggs in the bank now so that you can withdraw them later. Capturing and preserving a woman’s eggs when they’re young and healthy helps ensure that, when she tries to get knocked up, her eggs are ready to rumble.

Procedure: First, you start on birth control, so that the doctors can strictly control your cycle. Then you inject hormones that stimulate your ovaries to produce multiple eggs. That takes about 10-12 days. Then the eggs are retrieved, which takes about 30 minutes and involves anesthesia. While you’re snoozing, your doc uses an ultrasound to guide a needle up your vagina and a suction device to remove some eggs from the follicles. It’s technically not that different from getting blood drawn! The only difference is eggs being removed, not blood, and the fun’s going down in the vag instead of your arm. When a woman is ready to get pregnant, which could be years later, the eggs are thawed, injected with sperm to achieve fertilization, and transferred to the uterus as embryos. The pressure is similar to a Pap smear—no pain, no sedation, no drugs required (whew!). Your doc will pass an embryo transfer catheter up through your cervical opening to the uterine cavity, then squirt the embryo out of the catheter. World’s priciest squirt gun.Z

Cost: Unfortunately, it costs a pretty penny. The big-ticket items include the egg extraction and accompanying drugs, the egg storage, and the egg reinsertion (IVF). There is a different cost of the different clinic.

When: Remember, egg freezing procedure is essentially an insurance policy for your fertility. The younger you freeze, the better the results—and also the lower the likelihood that you’ll need to use the eggs, as you’ll have more time to get pregnant naturally. 

Egg Freezing, Interferiity Treatment

As with many things in life, there’s no formula for the perfect approach. Your timing should depend on how much insurance you want to buy for your fertility, and every woman has different opinions and preferences.

That said, researchers at the UNC School of Medicine recently dug into the question of whether there is a “right” age to freeze your eggs and they found, freezing eggs before age 34 had the best results, but doing it too early didn’t make sense—again, a lot of women who froze in their 20s didn’t end up using the frozen eggs in the end. When the scientists optimized to find the best age for both a) passable egg quality, and b) high likelihood that the frozen eggs would actually be used, age 37 came out on top. So if you’re going to think about getting egg-freezing done, your 30s are a good time to get serious.

Where: The procedure happens at fertility clinics. Your frozen eggs might live at the fertility clinic, or they could be sent to a cryobank, a facility for long-term secure maintenance of frozen human specimens. 

When choosing a clinic, it is important to consider how often this clinic performs egg freezing procedure and what their success rate is with thawed eggs.

Dr. R K Sharma

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Reproductive Endocrinologist, Hysteroscopic Surgeon Dr. R K Sharma

Dr. R K Sharma has completed MBBS and MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Pune University in 1981 and 1989 respectively. Dr. R K Sharma is one of the pioneers in the field of IVF treatment in India. He specializes in IUI, IVF, Embryo transfer and Hysteroscopy procedures. He is also a member of Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology Societies of India (FOGSI). Dr. R K Sharma is presently practicing at Primus Super Specialty Hospital, Chanakyapuri, Delhi. To know more, visit elawoman.com



Kashika Chauhan

I went through this procedure around a year ago. We used that frozen egg and the process was completely successful. Many thanks to Ela for guiding us.

Aug. 2, 2018, 6:01 p.m. 5.0


Ragini Mathur

Egg freezing procedure is very successful in the family planning process. Though 20% of cases result in miscarriage, you still have hope and you can store your egg for maximum 10 years. Isn't that amazing?

March 18, 2018, 1:51 p.m. 4.5


Siya K Rama

I wanted to know about the concept of the egg freezing procedure. This blog clarified all of my doubts and I understood the concept as well. Thanks!

Jan. 13, 2018, 10:45 p.m. 4.5



Something new added to my knowledge. Lots of information in this blog. Thankful to you all.

Dec. 16, 2017, 6:31 p.m. 5.0


Shweta Trilok

Our IVF treatment started 1 week before. I was afraid but it went very smoothly.

Aug. 24, 2017, 6 p.m. 4.5


Sanjay Panthi

Egg freezing procedure is the most important part of IVF treatment. The success rate largely depends on woman's age.

Aug. 24, 2017, 2:47 p.m. 4.5


Lipika Saha

Egg freezing is a well recognized infertility treatment for women suffering from cancer. It can raise her chance to get pregnant if she hasn't started with radioactive therapies.

Aug. 24, 2017, 1:43 p.m. 5.0

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