Getting pregnant is one of the most joyous moments in a woman’s life. However, you may need to be ready to conceive at a young age, and menopause may limit your time getting prepared for this critical step. Hoboken egg freezing allows you to preserve your eggs until you are ready to become a parent without worrying about menopause.
What is egg freezing?
Egg freezing, medically referred to as mature oocyte cryopreservation, refers to a technique that preserves a woman’s ability to conceive in the future. The procedure involves harvesting your eggs from your ovaries and freezing them while unfertilized. When you are ready to conceive, your provider thaws the eggs, fertilizes them with viable sperm, and then implants them in your uterus.
The University Reproductive Associates fertility specialists recommend egg freezing in your twenties. This age allows the team to harvest a quantifiable number of viable eggs that you can use when you are ready to become a mother. The experts at the facility may educate you on the potential risks of egg freezing and inform you if this fertility preservation method is suitable for you.
Why should you consider egg freezing?
If you plan to have babies in the future but are not ready to conceive now, you might want to consider egg freezing. Unlike embryo cryopreservation which requires sperm, egg freezing only requires viable eggs. However, you may need to take specific fertility drugs to trigger ovulation to obtain many healthy eggs. You may also go for egg freezing if:
- You have a medical condition that is likely to affect your fertility. Such diseases include lupus and sickle cell anemia.
- You are undergoing cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or other medicines that may interfere with your ability to conceive.
- You wish to use your younger eggs in the future. Younger eggs increase your chances of delivering a healthy baby even at an older age.
What risks are associated with egg freezing?
You may need to use fertility drugs like luteinizing hormone or follicle-stimulating hormone to stimulate ovulation, which may cause ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. You may experience bloating, abdominal pain, and nausea after the procedure.
In rare cases, it is possible to develop a severe form of the syndrome that may jeopardize your life. You may also experience complications during the egg retrieval procedure. Using an aspirating needle to harvest the eggs may cause damage to a blood vessel, infection, or excessive bleeding.
There is also no assurance of getting pregnant using the eggs in the future. If you freeze your eggs for a long time before using them, you are also likely to have a higher chance of miscarrying. Medical research shows that many congenital disorders are due to egg freezing.
Egg freezing allows you to control when you want to get pregnant and allows you to prepare yourself emotionally and financially without worrying about age. Call the University Reproductive Associates or schedule an appointment online today to consult about egg freezing.