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 vitrified, they maintain the quality they had at the moment of vitrification. Younger eggs are more likely to achieve pregnancy.
Reasons for fertility preservation
Age: With age, fertility naturally decreases. If you vitrify 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 eggs will be preserved and you ensure your own genetic material.
Is this technique safe?
It is important to know that the quality of the eggs is going to 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 50% chance of pregnancy. After 35, this percentage drops to 30%.
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 to undergo in order to freeze the determined number of eggs.
- Social Reasons: when a woman, voluntarily, decides to postpone her maternity, she may consider saving her oocytes at the present moment in order to use them in the future.
- Medical Reasons: in cases where patients have to undergo aggressive medical treatments (gonadotoxic), which could compromise their future maternity. Gonadotoxic treatments are those where the treatment is toxic for the eggs. For this reason, patients who have to undergo radio or chemotherapy, aggressive ovarian surgery, patients with severe endometriosis or those who will undergo cytotoxic treatments because of autoimmune diseases, can benefit from freezing their eggs prior to undergoing any of these procedures.
When the woman decides to get pregnant, the eggs will be fertilized using either her partner’s sperm or donor sperm in order to obtain embryos.
If the woman gets pregnant spontaneously and does not want to use her vitrified eggs, she can donate them to other women, as long as they were frozen prior to her turning 35 years of age.
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.
After the egg retrieval, the biologists will check and see if the eggs obtained are mature. All the mature eggs will be vitrified and conserved in the laboratory. The egg quality will remain intact until the woman decides to use them.
“I want to be a mother someday but now is not the time”.
“At the moment I want to concentrate on my professional career and I like having the option of frozen eggs in case I do not get pregnant in the future”.
“My friend and I came because egg freezing is the best option we have to have children if we decide to postpone pregnancy for a few years.”
How much does egg vitrification cost?
Thanks to the continuous investment in the latest technology, every stage of the treatment is performed at the clinic, which reduces the waiting times and increases the chances of pregnancy.
- Management, coordination and follow-up
- Egg Retrieval
- Lab work and egg vitrification
- Five years of preservation included in the price
If the patient decides to interrupt the treatment, we commit to reimbursing the portion of the treatment that has yet to be completed.
The monitoring of the treatment is done in an efficient and secure way, maintaining patient privacy.
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Frequently Asked Questions
In a 28-day cycle, it is estimated that ovulation takes place around day 14. About 24 hours after, one’s body temperature rises, and that is how one can know whether one has ovulated. Nowadays, pharmacies sell ovulation kits, which can help guide couples as to when they should be having intercourse, in order to coincide with the most fertile moment of their cycle.
At our fertility clinic, we monitor ovulation by taking transvaginal ultrasound scans on various days in the cycle. Additionally, we analyze hormonal levels in order to ensure that the necessary hormonal peaks have taken place, contributing, in this way, to spontaneous conception.
The ovarian reserve refers to the number of oocytes available in a woman’s ovaries, which is directly correlated with her pregnancy chances. There are various ways of evaluating one’s ovarian reserve: measuring the FSH and estradiol hormone levels between days 2 and 3 of one’s cycle, counting the number of anral follicles through a transvaginal ultrasound and measuring antimülerian hormone levels, are all the indicators that help us determine whether the patient presents a high, regular or low ovarian reserve.
These indicators, together with the woman’s age help us guide our patients toward the right treatment.
If you have any questions about fertility or infertility, you can check our infertility page. We would also love the opportunity to answer personally to any of your questions. For this reason, we offer a first free consultation via Skype, in person or by phone.