Freezing Eggs (Oocyte Preservation)
What is Oocyte Cryopreservation?
- Freezing eggs, also known as oocyte cryopreservation is a technology allowing women to preserve their fertility and extend their biological clock.
- A cycle of freezing eggs involves the same treatment as for conventional IVF, except the eggs are not fertilized or transferred.
- The eggs that are mature enough for this process are frozen on the same day as your egg collection.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Egg Freezing?
There are several different candidates for freezing eggs:
- Women ages 21 to 42 who do not have a partner or for other personal or medical reasons need to delay childbearing and wish to preserve their chances of having a biological child.
- Women diagnosed with cancer who will require chemotherapy or other treatment that could damage the eggs.
- Women with certain non-cancerous disorders who face potential sterility associated with their disease, for example, removal of both ovaries performed to treat a benign tumor or conditions such as endometriosis.
- In addition, women who test positive for the BRCA gene or who have a strong family history of ovarian cancer and women with autoimmune diseases may be exposed to medications that is toxic to the oocyte.
What is Embryo Freezing?
- Embryo Freezing is a part of the IVF treatment. Embryo freezing offers the opportunity for couples to conceive more than once from a single IVF procedure.
- During the IVF procedure, fertility drugs are recommended by doctors to stimulate the production of eggs resulting in more eggs than required.
- A couple can choose to store their embryos for future use, should they decide to conceive again without again going through the ovum pick up, and In-Vitro Fertilization steps of the process.
- If they later decide not to use the embryos, they may elect to donate them to other couples.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Embryo Freezing?
- The embryo freezing may be an option when you’re facing surgery or cancer therapies that may affect your ability to produce healthy eggs in the future.
What is Semen Freezing?
- Semen cryopreservation is a procedure enabling long-term, almost unlimited preservation of male reproductive cells.
- Cryopreservation of sperm does not reduce their quality, and therefore either a frozen or freshly collected ejaculate sample can be used successfully for artificial insemination.
Why do men opt for Semen Freezing?
Sperm cryopreservation is a suitable method for men in following cases:-
- It is for individuals, who wish to store their sperm in a sperm bank.
- For men with or planned oncological treatment.
- During IVF/IUI treatments: A fresh semen sample in most situations will give the best results for IUI and IVF treatments, however, sometimes freezing of a ‘back up’ semen sample may be advised. This may include situations where there is difficulty producing a sample on the day, where for employment reasons the male partner is not nearby, or in situations where there is declining semen quality.
- When prostate surgery or vasectomy is planned.