Women today are not much interested in planning their family at an early stage and hence are opting for freezing their eggs so that they can get pregnant later. Egg freezing tends to be an effective solution for cheating their biological clocks and getting the healthier and young eggs preserved. It has been a hot topic in recent times since Hollywood singer Rita Ora disclosed that she had undergone this procedure in her early 20s.
There are some situations where freezing of eggs become important and advisable to a woman so that she can have a healthy future pregnancy.
Late Marriage: Gone are the days when females used to get married in their early 20s. Nowadays, women prefer to get married late as they are busy in establishing their career first. As the age increases, the quality of eggs in women get affected, which can cause a concern in future pregnancies. To avoid this situation, women get her eggs freezed to preserve the quality and quality of the eggs.
Career Priorities: Women working in fields like modeling and acting may not be ready to get pregnant at an early age and can opt for egg freezing procedure.
Chemotherapy Treatment: For women suffering from critical diseases like cancer, egg freezing is a suitable procedure before undergoing chemotherapy as the radiations may harm the quality of eggs.
But before opting for this procedure, here are few things that you need to know and should consider if you are planning to put your eggs on freeze.
- Are you suitable to freeze your eggs
Every woman is not suitable for freezing her eggs; rather the suitability for this process depends upon various factors like the ovarian reserve, age and response of the body to stimulation of ovaries. Just like IVF, the woman has to go through the ovarian stimulation for egg freezing also so that mature eggs can be preserved. Age is another crucial factor, which is a strong determinant of the suitability for a woman. The best age considered for egg freezing is in 20s and early 30s. Even Rita Ora also opted for egg freezing when she was in her 20s and her fertility chances would have been at its peak. As you get older, the chances of having a mature and good quality eggs for a future pregnancy gets reduced.
- Method of egg freezing also counts
The viability of the frozen eggs for future pregnancy also relies upon the method by which egg freezing was done. Fast Freezing or Vitrification is considered to be the latest and an effective method for egg freezing as the chances of formation of ice crystals in the eggs is very minimal in this method, which further ensures high success and survival rates. The eggs can be effectively stored up to 10 years through this method.
- Egg freezing doesn’t guarantee successful pregnancy
One must understand it clearly that egg freezing is not a sure shot for a successful future pregnancy. There are lots of things that contribute to making a pregnancy successful like survival rate of eggs, quality of survived eggs and their fertilization, development of embryo and success of implantation.
- Counselling of the entire process
Egg freezing is an emotional decision but at the same time, it is an informed decision too. Therefore, it is very important for a woman to know everything about the process in detail. It is advisable to always go for a counseling with an expert fertility counselor so that you may get fully aware of the possible outcomes involved.
The advancement of technology and availability of new techniques along with cheap cost has resulted in the high success rate of Egg Freezing in India currently, which is expected to improve further in the coming years.