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.
Egg Freezing has become the new talk of the town after getting a make-over by many fertility start-ups and has emerged out as a form of Self-care. To embark on, Egg Freezing offers women an opportunity to use their own eggs that has been frozen and preserved when they were young as well as healthy, in order to help them achieve pregnancy when their biological age ticks in or due to any other medical issues creating difficulties in getting pregnant.
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In today's era, to keep themselves focused to reach new horizons in their career or to have a promising life ahead before entering Motherhood, Many women have to delay their pregnancies which, however, is not always supported biologically. Unfortunately, it imposes a big question mark on what a woman should choose?. Well! Thankfully, now the good news is that a woman can justify both gracefully, Family as well as a career just by opting for Oocyte Cryopreservation or Egg Freezing.
It is certainly an undeniable fact that at some or the other age every woman wants to have children. But what if life gives you a roller coaster ride where you feel that you need some more time to focus on your career or to build your business empire or you still have not find your perfect life partner. Let's sort this mess out with Egg Freezing through which you can certainly accomplish all of your dreams including the most important one that's to be a Mother.
The silver lining to the cloud is that unlike ovary and oocytes(eggs), the uterus does not get impacted and can effectively carry pregnancy upto the age of 50s.
Where it comes like a shock for many women who are combating serious health conditions such as cancer, it is a sigh of relief that by entering Egg Freezing, they too now stands a chance to achieve pregnancy successfully however, the eggs needs to be preserved prior to chemotherapy, surgery or radiation therapy
Yes! It's possible with Egg Freezing
We all know that women are born with a finite number of eggs or follicles which starts decreasing every year in quality as well quality.
An average woman, at the age of 25 might have only 3,00,000 egg cells. As per a survey, it has been noticed that only 300-400 eggs are released through ovulation during the entire reproductive years of a woman. Hence, it becomes needless to say that the decline in the quantity and quality of the eggs accelerates in her late 30s.
Considering the increasing age, the risk of miscarriages, difficulty in conceiving or birth defects can be seen. In view of the same, experts suggest the optimal age for a woman to enter Egg Freezing as 38 and under. To add on, as per the recent studies freezing the eggs between ages 25-30 is found to be more beneficial.
Step by Step Egg Freezing Process
There is no stereotype answer to this question, as it varies with the age of a woman as well as on one's future family goals also.
Let's get it clear, age sets a bar for women to decide that how efficiently your eggs can work. For example, any woman who is under 35 has around 85 percent 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 60 percent of chance to be pregnant. So, to be on a safer side any woman who exceeds 38 years of age needs to freeze 30 or more eggs.
The other key factor that needs to be considered is one's family goals. How many kids do you want? One? Three? Or even if you are right now not sure about having kids but still want to reserve that option for future.
It all depends on your decision that what size of family are you planning for. If your plans are to have bigger family then accordingly our Fertility Expert would be advising you that you will need a bigger bank of eggs to be frozen.
Thankfully, with the technological advancement the process involves imaging and anaesthesia, as the egg retrieval process is performed under sedation hence it would be completely painless.
Some blood works and ultrasound would be required though the entire process is simple and comfortable.
Though, few patients during this process sometimes can have feeling of fullness or bloating in the pelvic area, as we try to grow a number of Egg follicles to a mature size, but it's quite rare.
Most women are able to get back to their work, the very next day of Egg Retrieval. However, discomfort can be easily managed by applying the heating pad.
When you are ready to take a call of being a mother, the eggs that you have harvested, they are being retrieved from the storage bank and enters the final stage where they are thawed in order to ensure the high success rate for achieving pregnancy.
Here, the role of your partner comes in.
At this stage, our expert team of embryologists will inject, the Frozen eggs you stored previously with the sperm cell of your partner.
Post which, the embryo would be transferred after which monitoring would be done to ensure successful pregnancy.
So, to talk with an expert on this.
As every individual is different similarly, the number of predicted egg yield also differs for everyone.
As per an analysis, it has been discovered that a woman under 35 freezes 15 eggs per cycle whereas a woman over age 40 will freeze half that, or less.
In addition, to rule out how many eggs will be produced in a cycle. Our Fertility clinic offers a Fertility Assessment where a blood investigation would be conducted to measure patient's Anti - Mullerian hormone. This hormone produces the follicles, which contains immature egg cells, as we all know that hormones in your blood are a good indicator of ovarian reserve.
This blood investigation would be followed with Antral Follicle Count Scan, in which a trans vaginal scan is taken of woman's ovary to determine the number of follicles and immature cells in each ovary.
Both the tests would be performed under the Specialist's supervision and consultation post which the Specialist will discuss your results with you and would use them to visualise how many cycles are required to obtain the recommended number of eggs.
So, Get in touch with our Fertility Clinic, today
Let's hear the fact, scientifically speaking, frozen eggs have no ' expiration date' for a reason that cryopreservation involves rapidly cooling the eggs down to 196'C, a temperature at which all biological activity including aging stops. As per the studies, there have been many healthy babies born from eggs frozen for ten years with the successful thaw coming after 14 years. It is evident, once frozen, the health and viability of those eggs does not gets compromised by any means.
In our Fertility centres, our Experts often come across such patients who have turned or have crossed their 30s and seems worried to consider Egg Freezing as with an increasing age the egg quality and quantity starts declining. Well, to authenticate this our Experts advice the patients to undergo relevant imaging and blood work, such as anti - Mullerian hormone test to identify the clear picture regarding the quantity and quality of the eggs as well as how well the ovaries are functioning.