Egg freezing, or oocyte cryopreservation, is a process in which a woman's eggs (oocytes) are extracted, frozen and stored as a method to preserve reproductive potential in women of reproductive age. The first human birth from a frozen oocyte was reported in 1986.
Cryopreservation can be a difficult decision to make for some couples. However, it truly is a viable means to preserve fertility and have a biological child. It can also help other couples experience the joy of parenthood, through the donation of embryos, eggs and sperms.
OocyteVitrification, a recent innovation, where your eggs may be frozen using an ultra-rapid freezing for later use. More than 85% of the eggs survive the process of freezing and defrosting at ICSI, we achieve similar fertilization rates with fresh and frozen eggs.
Who should consider freezing their eggs?
-If you are about to undergo treatment that could affect your fertility, such as cancer therapies
-If you wish to delay pregnancy (social egg freezing).
-For women with increased risk of premature ovarian failure and early menopause.
For how long can the frozen eggs be stored?
Eggs stored for medical reasons can be stored for up to 55 years, while those that are stored for social reasons are kept for up to 10 years.