Do you dream of having a family one day but just don’t feel like the time is right? We discuss the opportunities of egg freezing.
We understand, now may not be the right time to think about starting a family. This can be for a number of reasons, you have dreams of travel, embarking on study or growing your career to a point you feel great accomplishment! Or maybe the special person you dream of starting a family with hasn’t come along yet. Or sometimes it is simply that your circumstances change rapidly and you just don’t know when the right time is! Fortunately technology has allowed us to defer pregnancies and with recent advances in egg freezing, women can put their fertility on hold.
We know that age is the biggest factor in many cases of difficulty in achieving a pregnancy, and the years before 35 are certainly a woman’s most fertile years. After 40 the chance of achieving a pregnancy is significantly diminished. When you freeze your eggs, those eggs retain the fertility they had at your age when they were frozen. So this means that if you had eggs frozen at the age of 28 and you are now 40 and intending to use them to get pregnant, you have eggs which are behaving like the eggs of a 28 year old.
This is a great step forward in fertility preservation and you can freeze your eggs for many years. If you have a partner with whom you plan to have children, you could use his sperm to fertilise these eggs before freezing and freeze the resulting embryos.
Another option is for women who don’t have a regular partner, choosing a donor and having your eggs fertilised and the resulting embryos frozen with a view to implanting them at a later date when you are in a position to have a pregnancy.
This has become much more of a viable proposition as technology has improved. Our freezing and thawing processes developed by our scientists have improved considerably over the last few years and for this reason, women are happy to access this freedom of choice to have a pregnancy at a time in their life when it most suits them.
To undergo egg freezing, women need to undergo an IVF type cycle whereby injections produce a number of eggs which are aspirated after about two weeks of injections. These eggs are then either directly frozen or can be fertilised and the resulting embryos frozen. In some cases, this involves a general anaesthetic.
Call (07) 3353 3100 to book an appointment today. We would be more than happy to discuss the options best suited to you.