If you are planning to have a baby at a later date and are not ready right now, then feel free to freezing your eggs and keep your options open.
Women’s eggs are usually frozen during their peak fertility years—20s and early 30s. The egg freezing process begins with a consultation with a physician, followed by pre-screening lab work (hormonal lab testing, preconception screening, ovarian and uterine evaluation, etc.). Post that you will receive an outline of the stimulation process.
Around a month after the initial consultation, or when your targeted cycle starts, egg production will be stimulated with fertility medications. Frequent lab work and ultrasounds are done to monitor egg growth over the next 10-12 days. Then, a final injection will be given to mature the eggs and prepare them for retrieval. Thirty-six hours after the injection, the eggs are retrieved under intravenous sedation. After the eggs are retrieved, the IVF laboratory will freeze and store them for your future use.
When you are ready to start your family, frozen eggs are thawed and combined with sperm to create embryos. Before an embryo is transferred, both parents are screened for common inherited diseases. The embryo can then be tested for any recessive diseases identified in the parents as well as chromosomal abnormalities, which occur randomly and are a risk for every pregnancy. Once screened, you will can opt for Single Embryo Transfer (SET) or Multi Embryo Transfer (MET), a procedure in which embryos are transferred into the uterus.
We’re born with all the eggs we’ll ever have. Moreover their quantity and quality keeps decreasing with age. If you think you might want a baby someday, but aren’t ready right now, then you can plan to freeze your eggs now and then go for pregnancy at a later stage.
We urge all women to be educated about their own fertility. A vast majority of women are not aware of their fertility fitness until it’s too late, and by then options get limited. If a woman understands where they are in thier Fertility today, they can make much better choices for future pregnancies. There are numerous factors that affect a woman’s ability to conceive, but below are three tests to understand where you are in your Fertility health.
FSH (Follicle-Stimulating Hormone) levels can be tested through a simple blood test that’s generally administered on day three of your period cycle to determine how hard your body needs to work to produce mature eggs.
LH (Luteinizing Hormone) levels can also be tested through a simple blood test to understand your Fertility Levels.
AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) assesses your ovarian reserve and helps a doctor to determine if you are a candidate for IVF using your own eggs, or if you need to go for Donor eggs.
We have a transparent standard pricing across all our Partners throughout India. Moreover our pricing plans are flexible, and designed to eliminate all financial barriers. Ela’s egg freezing plan includes your reproductive fitness check, carrier screening, medication and psycological wellbeing. Find a plan that works for you, and save your eggs for when you are ready.
I wanted to focus on my career, so we planned to opt for egg freezing procedure. Thanks Ela for the comprehensive guidance and completion of entire freezing procedure.
A friend of mine was going to undergo cancer treatment done. So, she wanted to get her eggs freezed. Team Ela helped her in the best way to do so without facing troubles.
Egg freezing procedure with the assistance of team Ela was a memorable experience for us. We wonder why we did not find them before. Indeed a memorable experience.
I was guided at every step including tests required to be undertaken so that I can get my eggs freezed for use in future. Team Ela made the procedure a comfortable one.
As per science there is no evidence that frozen eggs detoriate with time. So eggs can be safely stored and retrived even after several years of egg freezing, with no effect on success.
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Egg freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation, is a process that is used to preserve eggs from women of reproductive age to secure their reproductive potential for a future pregnancy. Eggs are extracted and frozen to be stored under controlled conditions only to be used at later stages.
The technique used in the process of egg freezing is called Vitrification. It is used in the cryopreservation of the oocytes (eggs) and embryos by leading to glass-like solidification of the living cells.
Eggs, once preserved, can last a lifetime.
Women who suffer from certain conditions like cancer or other diseases that may affect the quality of their eggs can use egg freezing to secure their attempts to get pregnant in future. People who may not use a frozen embryo in IVF treatment due to religious reasons, or women who marry late due to professional commitments also reap benefits of egg freezing.
Egg freezing doesn’t have any high risk factors associated to it and is usually safe for a healthy woman. You are well informed right from the start about the possible side effects of the processes involved in it.
Egg freezing doesn’t involve any pain as it is done under intravenous sedation. The eggs are extracted and cryopreserved they can then be thawed and reused in In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) in future.
Frozen eggs are known to be a step ahead of the fresh eggs in resulting into a pregnancy. This is due to the fact that frozen eggs are directly fertilized with the sperm to form an embryo. This saves the additional stress on the woman’s reproductive system that comes along with injections and medications in the process of retrieving fresh eggs.
Yes. Your doctor will follow two process namely Down regulation and Stimulation to achieve production and release of multiple oocytes (eggs). This requires close monitoring of Luteinizing hormone and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) levels in your body. So you will have to undergo testing for these hormones in addition to Anti Mullerian Hormone (AMH) that indicates the egg count.
Yes. You can definitely go for egg freezing even if you are unmarried. Many unmarried women are opting to save their eggs while they are still in their reproductive phase for a number of reasons. Delayed marriages, professional commitments, cancer treatment are among the top reasons why women want to secure their chance to motherhood by means of egg freezing.
It is recommended to freeze eggs at an early age for the quality and number of the eggs during the younger years in a woman’s life is the best. It is best before the age of 35 that a woman should have her mind made for egg freezing due to the fact that both quality and count starts dwindling down after this age limit. Women once attain her puberty can also freeze her eggs. But that will be too soon. Better age for egg freezing is 21 years to 35 years.
With 10 being the usual number, a young woman with good health can manage to freeze between 15 to 20 eggs in one cycle.
Cost of egg freezing comes between Rs 12,000 to Rs 50,000 per semi annually. You need to renew your plan after every 6 months. Egg freezing cost varies from ART banks to ART banks.
In general, egg freezing is not covered by most of the insurance companies and you may have to pay for it from your own pocket. Yet the good news is that you can always avail a Medical Loan for it.
Yes. You can donate your eggs if you do not wish to use them in future. You would be compensated depending upon the quality, number of eggs and qualifications.
Yes. You can ship your eggs from one country to another however you may incur significant costs in the process. Always hire the best shipping company, so that you don’t end up in damaging your valuable eggs.
In case you fail to renew your egg-freezing plan, there is a greater possibility that the centre may discard them where they are stored. Or they may be used to donate to other patients. Once you don’t pay for egg freezing, ART bank or fertility clinic becomes the proprietor of your eggs and they can use it the way they want.