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- The years pass and the call of motherhood has not yet reached you; Or maybe you have not found the ideal partner for this adventure … does that sound familiar to you? Faced with such scenarios, women in developed countries are turning to an increasingly popular option: freezing their eggs
The years pass and the call of motherhood has not yet reached you; Or maybe you have not found the ideal partner for this adventure … does that sound familiar to you? Faced with such scenarios, women in developed countries are turning to an increasingly popular option: freezing their eggs
But before putting your future babies below zero, there are certain factors that you must take into account, since the cryopreservation of oocytes - that is, the freezing of ovules - is not for everyone, it can have emotional complications and, above all, not it is cheap.
Egg freezing involves removing a considerable amount of oocytes from your body and then freezing them, keeping them until you are ready to be a mom. Once that time has come, they are thawed and fertilized in vitro. Afterwards, they are implanted again in your body with the objective that some of them become a healthy embryo.
Said procedure requires significant physical, mental and economic preparation; it is far from being a simple technique, and the success rates are highly variable.
According to the Yale University clinical area, to start this procedure the patient must inject medication for 10 to 12 days to obtain an overproduction of eggs, which can generate secondary discomfort. Afterward, you must undergo numerous ultrasounds and blood tests. If not enough eggs are produced, a second round will be necessary.
It is worth mentioning that the freezing of eggs is not covered by insurance -except in very exceptional cases- and this can generate costs of up to $ 30,000, according to data from FertilityIQ.
When you want to use your frozen eggs, you should know that not everyone will survive the thawing process, which reduces the chances of success. In addition to this, IVF is also not successful in all surviving eggs.
According to information released by the fertility division of the University of Southern California, in 2016 the birth success rate was 50 percent in women under 35; 30 percent in women between the ages of 35 and 37; 28 percent in women between 38 and 40 years old, and the percentage decreases with increasing age.
It is important to note that freezing your eggs does not guarantee future motherhood. It is a promise, yes; but with little success rate. Furthermore, studies have indicated that the number of women who actually request to use their eggs ranges from only three to nine percent.
Egg freezing is a personal decision and should be made as safely and informatively as possible. Remember that the younger you are, the quality of your frozen eggs will be better. You should also consider what will happen to the eggs you don't use; Do you confer them for medical studies, destroy them or donate them? In addition, you should think about what will happen to your eggs in case of death or inability to make decisions for yourself.
Research, learn and ask for different medical opinions so you can choose the best option for you.