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It's universally known that a woman's fertility decreases with age. We start with around a million eggs but by the age of 35, there is already a sharp decline in the egg reserve with only 10,000 eggs left. This greatly decreases the chances of a woman getting pregnant. A lot of my patients come to me in their 30s and 40s when they have settled down to plan their family. Half of them have to opt for using someone else's eggs because theirs are not usable anymore. I always encourage women to have a baby at the earliest. But if they can't or want to plan for later, then egg freezing is a good option for them.
What is Egg Freezing ?
Egg Freezing or Egg Banking is also known as Oocyte Cryopreservation in which a woman’s eggs are retrieved, frozen and stored for later use. Later, when she is ready to become pregnant, she can use those eggs to complete her family.
Should you go for Egg Freezing ?
- You might be a rising career woman who wishes to achieve her dreams first.
- You might not have met the right partner yet with whom you can plan a family.
- You might be the sole breadwinner of your family, who does not have time to start her own family yet.
- You might be a woman who plans to have her second baby in her 30s or 40s after a sufficient amount of time.
If you are among them, then the process of egg freezing can give you freedom; you don’t have to compromise because your biological clock is ticking. It gives you the time to choose.
When is the best time to freeze your eggs ?
The best time to freeze eggs is at an early reproductive age - between 20 to 35. Unlike the ovary and eggs, a woman's uterus does not age and she can carry a baby and complete her family even in her 40s or even 50s. The younger you froze your eggs, the higher are your chances of becoming pregnant later.
Egg Freezing Program at IFC
To date, more than 2,000 freezing cycles have been completed at International Fertility Centre, with around 500+ egg freezing cycles conducted annually. So far, around 200 patients have come back and used their frozen eggs to create embryos. As of Jan 1, 2016, 80 babies have been born, with 22 additional pregnancies on the way. The eggs used for these cycles were harvested from women up to 41 years of age. Our pregnancy rates from egg thawing are on par with our IVF cycle rates.
International Fertility Centre offers a special Egg Freezing package at just INR 49,995. To explore this option or understand Egg Freezing, please contact us at +91-9555544421 or fill up the request form provided below.