Egg Freezing (Oocyte freezing)
Egg freezing is also called Oocyte cryopreservation. This method is used to preserve a woman’s fertility so that she could get pregnant in future. Successful pregnancies have been achieved after freezing eggs for up to 10 years. If you are contemplating egg freezing for preserving your fertility its preferable to do it before the age of 35 than after 35, as the number of eggs retrieved will be better thereby increasing the possibility of a successful conception.
How is it done?
The woman will be administered with Follicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH) injections for over a period of 10 – 14 days. These injections will increase follicular growth in her ovaries. These follicles have a potential to have an egg within each of them. She will be monitored with follicle monitoring ultrasound scans during this period. Once the desired follicular growth has been achieved she will be administered with a HCG injection to achieve final maturity of these eggs (Oocytes). The patient will be taken to theatre 36 hours after administering HCG injection for egg retrieval. Egg retrieval is undertaken under a short anaesthesia. Once these eggs are retrieved they will be handed over to our embryologist for assessment and freezing. You will be able to go home the same day of egg retrieval. Our embryologist will inform you about the number of eggs frozen.