Oocyte Freezing: Procedure, Benefits and Risks

Oocyte Freezing is a way to protect your eggs and use them later in your life for pregnancy. A number of women are opting for egg preservation to delay their pregnancy. Oocyte freezing is also a good choice for women undergoing radiation treatments like Chemotherapy. These therapies are known to impact the fertility of the patient. So preserving the eggs with Oocyte Freezing makes perfect sense. During the procedure, the doctor will harvest your unfertilized eggs from the ovaries and preserve them for years by freezing. These eggs can be later thawed and used for assisted reproductive techniques like IVF and ICSI. At Apollo Fertility, we help hundreds of women secure their eggs at our advanced facilities every year. If you, too, are planning for the same, our experts can help you with that.

Who can benefit from Oocyte Freezing?

Oocyte Freezing is generally recommended for women below age 35. The reason is that after 35 years, a woman's fertility decreases rapidly, and so does the quality of eggs. Oocyte Freezing can benefit those who are: · Planning to delay their pregnancy due to career or personal reasons · Preparing for treatments that can impact their fertility (like Chemotherapy) · Dealing with some health conditions that can impact their fertility in the longer run · Diagnosed with a genetic disorder that has the potential to impact their fertility · Planning to conceive a child with the procedures like IVF or ICSI at the later stage of their lives. It’s important to note here that Oocyte Freezing doesn't guarantee that you can conceive in future. Multiple factors impact the possibility of pregnancy. So you must discuss all the details with your health provider before moving ahead.

What are the preparations needed for the procedure?

The doctor will perform your overall medical checkup with more focus on fertility. He might also inquire about the regularity of your period and any other past health issues. Generally, you produce just one egg during each menstrual cycle. But one egg is not enough for harvesting. So your doctor might give you some ovulation medications that can produce more eggs in a single cycle. These medications mimic the functioning of FSH and LH hormones. Finally, the doctor will perform an ultrasound test to determine the condition of the eggs.

What to expect during the procedure?

Once the eggs are properly developed, the doctor will retrieve the eggs either by inserting a small needle or performing a minor incision in your abdomen. This will be a minimally invasive procedure, and you will be under general or local anaesthesia. After retrieving the egg, the eggs are frozen slowly, with the reduction of temperate at the rate of 0.3ᴼ to 2ᴼ Celsius per minute. It takes a couple of hours to reach the ideal storage temperature of -196.1ᴼ Celsius. At this temperature, all the cellular processes in the eggs stop, and they can be preserved in this way for a longer period. The common risks with Oocyte Freezing include: · OHSS: The excessive use of Ovarian stimulation can lead to Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome in women. · Infection: As the process of retrieving the eggs is invasive, it can lead to infection after the surgery · Success rate: The success rate of conceiving a child from the frozen egg is quite low. That's why doctors prefer harvesting more eggs to boost the success rate. All these risks and complications are rare. And when you approach a specialist at Apollo Fertility JP Nagar, you can rest assured that you won’t have to deal with these complications. Request an appointment at Apollo Fertility/Cradle in JP Nagar Call 1860-500-4244 to book an appointment

1. Is Oocyte Freezing better than Oocyte Vitrification?

Both processes are good. But as the Oocyte Vitritifcation process is rapid and new, doctors now prefer Oocyte Vitrification.

2. At what temperature will my eggs be stored?

Your eggs will be stored at a temperature of -196.1? Celsius. At this temperature, all the biological processes in your egg stop and will stop ageing.

3. Can Ovarian Stimulation medication impact my health?

Generally, these medications are safe when used in a controlled manner as directed by your doctor. But in some cases, it has been observed that excessive use of these medications can lead to OHSS or higher estrogen levels in the patients.

4. What is the best age to secure the eggs with Oocyte Freezing?

The best age to secure your eggs is in the early twenties to before 35 years. This ensures your eggs are of good quality.

5. Does Oocyte Freezing guarantee pregnancy?

No. Oocyte Freezing just preserves your eggs. These eggs are used in IVF and ICSI procedures. But the success of these procedures depends on multiple factors.

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