Today, egg freezing is not only an option for those with a medical need, but also for those looking to egg freezing for social reasons. In addition, egg freezing offers an option to women who have produced extra eggs for an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle but don’t want to destroy or donate their unused eggs to research.
At what age, if a woman knows she wants to have children but isn't quite ready, should she consider egg freezing? To get some answers to some basic questions about egg freezing, I spoke to Dr. Shahin Ghadir.
Over the past few years, egg freezing has grown in popularity as a fertility preservation technique. With egg freezing, a woman will freeze her eggs when they are healthy and viable so they can be used in the future.
If you are considering egg freezing to preserve your fertility, but you’re still not sure it’s right for you, ask these four questions: Why freeze my eggs now?; How many eggs should I freeze?; Should I freeze my eggs or should I freeze embryos?; What if I don’t use all my frozen eggs?
Your first step is to locate a fertility clinic or reproductive endocrinologist experienced in egg freezing. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer or another disease in which the treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, or medication) harms ovarian function, discuss oocyte cryopreservation with your doctor or oncologist. She or he should be able to refer you for a ‘fast track’ egg freezing and connect you to a reputable cryopreservation clinic.
In the recent years, many women have become interested in egg freezing as a fertility preservation technique. With egg freezing, women freeze their eggs when they are healthy and viable so they can be used in an IVF cycle to achieve pregnancy in the future.