Blame our lifestyle, eating habits, hormonal changes and other things, infertility is on the rise. Also, a lot of women are not ready to get pregnant by the age of 30, and as the biological clock starts ticking, other problems related to fertility become more obvious. Thankfully, with options like IVF, embryo freezing and egg vitrification, it is possible to increase the chance of getting pregnant. In this post, we will talk about egg vitrification and how this works.
What’s egg vitrification?
For the uninitiated, egg vitrification is a medical procedure, where eggs from a woman are preserved, so as to increase her chances of getting pregnant, especially at a later age, or whenever she is ready. The characteristics of the eggs are preserved with egg vitrification.
Who should consider this option?
Egg vitrification is typically recommended for women who are willing to get pregnant later in the future, including single women. It is important to consider egg vitrification by the age of 35 at the maximum, because that’s when the ovarian reserve starts to deplete. Also, this technique is also an option for women who have low ovarian reserve, and the earlier you consider the option, the better. Egg vitrification can be suggested in rare cases, when the woman is receiving other treatments, such as chemotherapy for cancer, or has undergone complicated surgeries like endometriosis.
How does it work?
The whole process of egg vitrification starts with an initial consultation, where the doctor will explain the possible aspects of the procedure besides answering questions of the patient. A few tests may be recommended, after which the patient needs to consume hormones, which will stimulate the ovaries, usually for 15 days. During this period, further tests are also required. Next, a hormone will be used to stimulate the process of ovulation, which is done at the clinic. Retrieving eggs takes about 15 minutes, after which the eggs are taken to the tab for preservation.
Things to note
Make sure that you select the right clinic for egg vitrification. The expertise of your doctor and facilities at the clinic make a huge difference to what you can expect from the procedure. It is a good idea to ask the relevant questions before taking the final leap.
While egg vitrification is not a cheap procedure technically, it is still a viable choice for women who want to keep the option of getting pregnant in the future, and the price is worth paying.