Egg freezing ‘‘freezes-in-time’’ egg quality, allowing women the opportunity to conceive some time in the future with the use of her “younger eggs,” protecting the higher pregnancy rates associated with those eggs.
Demeter Fertility performs egg freezing for women that fall into two main categories:
- Women with medical issues affecting future fertility including those with upcoming cancer treatments, surgical procedures that require removal of part or all of the ovaries and also those with the known possibility of early menopause.
- Women with relatively normal fertility that are not currently planning to have children. Dubbed “social egg freezing”, Demeter Fertility are finding this group of women is continuing to rise as the trends towards pregnancy later in life increases.
Egg collection is a relatively simple procedure and Demeter Fertility give you the option of a more cost effective in clinic procedure under a local anaesthetic or the alternative of a day procedure in hospital under a general. A Medicare rebate may be available for women undergoing egg freezing for medical reasons.
Ready For Conception
Frozen eggs can be stored for years with little effect on egg quality. Once a woman is ready to conceive the eggs can be unfrozen, fertilised and implanted in the uterus in the hope of falling pregnant. It should be noted that egg freezing is still a relatively new procedure and although there is ample clinical evidence to support it, there are no guarantees. Women who wish to undertake egg freezing must understand the likely success rates for someone of their age taking into consideration any other relevant circumstances. Consideration should also be given to undergoing further fertility assessments to identify any potential underlying fertility issues.
For more information about egg freezing and success rates watch Dr Sonya Jessup in the video below and phone 1300 899 850 to book an appointment with a fertility specialist.