The quality of a woman’s eggs decreases with age and, this decline is even more dramatic from the age of 35 onwards. This leads to a progressive and continuous reduction in the likelihood of getting pregnant, as well as the likelihood of having a healthy pregnancy. Egg freezing gives the woman the possibility of becoming a mother at a later stage in life because when eggs are frozen or vitrify, they maintain the quality they had at the moment of vitrification (freezing). Younger eggs are more likely to achieve pregnancy.
Reasons for fertility preservation
Age: With age, fertility naturally decreases. If you freeze your eggs, you are able to stop your eggs’ biological clock, preserving your fertility and increasing your chance of pregnancy in the future.
Your genes: Whenever you are ready to become a mother, if you require assisted reproduction techniques in order to do so, your frozen eggs will have preserved their quality and you can ensure using your own genetic material, as opposed to that of a donor.
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Is this technique safe?
It is important to know that the quality of the eggs when frozen, will condition the possibilities of success after thawing.
We know that if a woman is under 35 when she freezes her eggs, about 10-12 vitrified eggs will give her a 60% chance of pregnancy. After 35, this percentage drops.
In accordance with the ovarian reserve and the expectations of each patient, our specialists will recommend the number of eggs to freeze and an estimate of the number of cycles required in order to freeze the desired number of eggs.
Egg Freezing Process
To stimulate the ovaries, the patient must give herself hormone shots every day to obtain the number of eggs that mature during the cycle. This stimulation will be monitored by ultrasound in order to adjust the medication and program the egg retrieval at the optimal time.
Egg retrieval is an easy procedure that is performed by the vaginal route and under sedation. It takes about 15-20 minutes. After the procedure, the patient easily wakes up without any secondary effects.