Getting pregnant with your frozen eggs
Get pregnant tomorrow with today’s eggs
Egg freezing (oocyte cryopreservation is the medical term) is the most talked about topic on women’s health and fertility among fertility specialists as well as among women. This treatment is a life-changing option for many women. It is believed that it will change the life of many more women in the future. Egg freezing means freezing time for your eggs allowing you to postpone starting a family. Whether because of medical or social reasons, egg freezing means that a woman may get pregnant in the future using her own eggs that she had frozen today. However, all women considering this option should be well informed so that their expectations are realistic.
Obviously, when you freeze your eggs, you expect to get pregnant in the future, when the time is right for you. This depends on various parameters:
Your age on the day of egg collection
The younger you are, the better the quality of your eggs so getting pregnant is easier. The international guidelines suggest that women should have their age frozen by the age of 38, however older women are to be considered individually. Your fertility expert should consider not only you age but also your hormonal profile (the function of your ovaries and their reserve). The younger you are on the day you freeze your eggs, the more likely it is to get pregnant using these eggs in the future.
The number of eggs collected and frozen
The ideal result of the treatment is to have 10-12 good quality eggs frozen. Research and clinical experience suggest that a woman needs this many frozen eggs in order to have a realistic hope for a pregnancy in the future. When these eggs are thawed, we expect the following (same as in any IVF cycle):
- 1-2 eggs might not thaw normally (they will not survive or they won’t be suitable for ICSI)
- 7-8 eggs will be fertilized normally. Please note frozen eggs are always fertilized using ICSI
- Out of 7-8 day 1 embryos, only 5-6 are expected to grow to day 3 and 1-2 will be cultured to blastocysts.
On the day of embryotransfer, we hope for 2 good quality blastocysts.
If you are considering preserving your fertility by freezing your eggs, then we suggest the following:
- Search for information, get your facts straight, talk to friends, ask for help and expert advice. Take your fertility into your own hands!
- Each woman is unique, each woman’s fertility is unique. Choose a fertility expert that will treat you accordingly.