With the introduction of new rapid cryopreservation technique, egg freezing is seen as an option to potentially preserve a woman’s long term fertility.
As women age, their number of eggs decreases and there is a decline in the quality of those eggs. One of the advantage of freezing eggs is that it secures the quality of egg at the age they were frozen. The earlier a woman freezes her eggs, the greater the quality of embryo, and hence better the pregnancy success rate. Irrespective of age, there are more reasons why a woman may need to use assisted reproduction (IVF) in the future.
We would recommend consideration of egg freezing in circumstances such as a family history of early menopause, a known male factor infertility, genetic disorder where Preimplantation Genetic Testing is required, endometriosis, blocked Fallopian tubes, prior PID, considering to have a child with a sperm donor in future, same sex couple who may want to do IVF at some point, she or her partner is going for radio/chemo therapy. Egg freezing is not a replacement of natural conception but rather gives a woman the peace of mind of extending her fertility potential.
“Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice.”
– Winston Churchill