With an increase in age the probability of conceiving reduces, more so because of the deterioration in the quantity and quality of oocytes. Till now Oocyte or Egg freezing was not practiced routinely as the process were not standardized and there was not enough data to support Egg Freezing as a routine practice. This has now changed and there is enough evidence to support safety and efficacy of egg freezing as a routine procedure for preservation of fertility for women.
At Indore Infertility Clinic and IVF Center, we have both the experience and the capability to freeze eggs as a routine practice.
We have an established Fertility Preservation Programme. We delivered our first cryopreserved oocyte baby in 2016 and have moved over from the old slow freeze protocol to the more efficacious Vitrification protocol as Vitrification or Rapid Freeze is associated with a much better retrieval rate as this eliminates the formation of ice crystals.
Frozen eggs have grabbed headlines in recent years due to many celebrities (like Diana Hayden and Jennifer Frappier) opting for the same.
We understand your concerns about techniques that are relatively new and hopefully you will find all answers to your queries in the following Frequently Asked Questions section.
Peak reproductive years are in the womans’ 20’s and early 30’s. This is the age when the egg quantity and quality both will be the best.At this age, it is quite understandable that egg freezing would be the last thing on the mind of most women therefore whenever one realizes that conceiving is not a priority, the sooner they freeze, the better.
If you are sure that you want a baby one day but are worried that you’re biological clock is not on your side or that you’ve not met the right person, that is when you should think of getting egg freezing done. Basic fertility assessment is done by many tools including Antral follicle count and Anti Mullerian Hormone and these tests can be done to give a clearer picture about the ovarian reserve. In short, The sooner the better
The initial steps are the same as outlined in our IVF section: Stimulating the ovaries – Super Ovulation Collecting the Eggs – Egg Retrieval (See IVF Cycle Details) After these two steps, the eggs are frozen. The process of freezing currently followed at Indore Infertility Clinic and IVF Center is known as Vitrification.
At the moment, law states that eggs, sperms and embryo’s can be stored for a period of five years. However this is maximum time limit is continuously being increased with more and more evidence supporting safety of the procedure. When the lady wishes to become pregnant, the eggs are thawed (Brought to normal state), injected with partners sperms and the resulting embryo is transferred back into the uterus.
On an average our aim is to store atleast 10 eggs. This is based on a reverse calculation of worldwide and center specific retrieval rates. If 10 oocytes are stored, 7-8 are expected to survive the freezing and thawing process and out of 7-8 viable oocytes 5-6 embryos can be expected therefore giving approximately 50-60 % pregnancy rates. Most women under the age of 38 can be expected to develop 10-12 oocytes when upon satisfactory superovulation.
More than 6000 babies have been born worldwide using this technique and there are many studies proving that it is a safe technique. References to these studies have been given below in the resources section.The largest study of 900 babies has shown that the risk of complications in the baby or mother is no higher than the normal population and because of the data, most reproductive medicine societies across the globe have accepted egg freezing as a standard practice.
In case you wish to ask something else, Please feel free to contact us.