Dr. Gautam Allahbadia talks about how Egg freezing has found a new popularity in today’s world as women fulfill their roles not only as a mother but as career oriented women.
Today technology has advanced so much that couples can plan pregnancies according to their needs and their vision for life. The majority of complications regarding male or female infertility now have solutions. It is not uncommon today for women over 40 to have children through IVF with the help of the Mature Oocyte cryopreservationprocess.
Mature Oocyte cryopreservation, also known as egg freezing is a process in which a woman’s eggs are extracted, frozen, and stored for later use. Women who want to delay childbirth for personal or medical reasons often go for this procedure. This process can be simply understood in the following steps
- Ovarian stimulation: hormones are given to stimulate ovaries to produce multiple eggs.
- Egg retrieval: eggs are retrieved using a simple transvaginal ultrasound guided aspiration procedure.
- Cryopreservation: eggs are cooled at -196 C in liquid nitrogen. This process is known as Vitrification.
- Storage: the eggs are then frozen in cryogenic storage until they are required.
“The process for egg freezing is fairly simple. Any woman can go for it, it is the best way to delay pregnancy without compromising on the quality of eggs. The sooner you freeze your eggs, the better the chances of conception due to the higher quality of eggs.” Shares Dr. Gautam Allahbadia, an expert in Assisted Reproductive Techniques and a pioneer in minimal stimulation IVF.
When the woman is ready to use the eggs, they can be thawed and fertilized with sperm in a laboratory using In Vitro Fertilization. The embryos are then transferred to the uterus of the expectant mother.
Mature Oocyte cryopreservation has become an increasingly popular option for women who want to preserve their fertility for various reasons including career advancement, medical conditions that may affect their fertility, or simply for personal choice. However, it is important to note that the success rate for pregnancy with frozen eggs can vary depending on the age of the woman at the time of freezing or other factors. Women choosing this procedure must consult with an IVF specialist to assess their chances of conceiving.
“Today women are not only homemakers but have climbed the success ladder in every field, we understand their need to delay childbirth for various reasons. Today more and more women are adopting alternate methods of conception as per their vision for their future which I believe is truly empowering!” Shares Dr. Gautam Allahbadia
The best age for egg preservation is in the 20s or early 30s because as the age increases the quality of the eggs decreases and so do the chances of conceiving the embryo and taking the baby to term. India today has paved way for new options and solutions instead of just having conventional pregnancies. It is a huge empowering move not only for career-oriented women but also for women who have medical issues.