Women looking forward to preserving their reproductive potential must understand and know everything about the procedure of egg freezing, including the frequently asked question: How many eggs should I freeze?
Well! There is no stereotypical answer to this question, as it varies with the age of a woman and one’s future family-building goals. But if you doubt “How many eggs should I freeze?” you may find your answer in any of the given three primary factors. First is how many children you’d like to have, second – what is your age when you are freezing your eggs, and third is the count of eggs that will be extracted from one cycle.
So, let’s understand in detail how certain factors can impact your ovarian reserve.
1.The age of a woman sets a bar in deciding how efficiently their eggs can work in the later years. For example, any woman under 35 has around an 85 per cent chance of having a baby with 15 frozen eggs, whereas if a woman who is 38-year-old freezes the same 15 eggs, she stands only a 60 per cent chance of being pregnant.
So, to be on the safer side, any woman who exceeds 38 years of age needs to freeze 30 or more eggs.
A woman can go through multiple Egg Freezing cycles back-to-back. But, of course, if your Fertility Consultant ensures you that your baseline tests are normal, you are good to go for the next round of Egg Freezing after completing a prior cycle.
A study showed that for women under 30, each egg that has been harvested had an 8.66% chance of giving live birth; for women over 40, however, the success rate goes down to less than 3% per egg, which clearly shows that a woman over 40 years of age will need to freeze more eggs as compared to a woman who is 30.
It is undoubtedly true that the number of eggs a woman needs to freeze in one cycle also depends on her age and other factors.
The bottom line is that by undergoing a single cycle of egg Freezing, the chances remain high for a woman to have a genetic child if they experience any infertility issues in the future.
It has been observed that 8 out of 10 eggs will survive the thawing and freezing process. Simultaneously, these eight eggs stand the chance of live birth is somewhere around 35% to 20% depending on the age of a woman at the time of freezing her eggs.
To justify Success, at least 30 to 40 eggs need to be harvested to increase the chance of achieving a healthy pregnancy. A woman will need to undergo approximately 2-5 treatment cycles to secure sufficient mature eggs.
Last but not least, our patient’s safety is a top priority for us. Therefore, we comprise a team of fertility specialists considering all the research and experiences pertaining to preserving fertility.
While dealing with each patient, we offer personalised care and excellent consultation.
So, now your dream of starting your family is a beautiful reality.
2.One’s future family goals
The other key factor that needs to be considered is family goals. For example, how many kids do you want? One? Two? Three? Or you are not sure right now about having kids but still want to reserve that option for the future.
It all depends on your decision of what size of the family are you planning for.
If your plan is to have a bigger family, our Fertility Expert would advise you that you will need a bigger “bank” of eggs to be frozen.
If a woman does not have any fertility issues and is below 38 years of age, she can easily freeze between 10-20 eggs with each round of IVF. Out of, 75 per cent will likely survive the thaw and would be fertilised. However, additional IVF cycles would be required to retrieve fertile eggs while dealing with women with reduced egg supply or other fertility concerns.
So be calm; we have a team of experienced Fertility Experts to guide you throughout the process.
Regardless of your age or family goals, we would advise you - whatever be the best possibility for you.