In today’s world there are many technologies that allow solving the problems of fertility. Many women are postponing motherhood and prefer to settle down to married life after 35, and even after 40 years. Such a problem may be solved with the help of egg freezing.
With age, the eggs quality and quantity is reduced. Therefore, the freezing of eggs can be considered as “insurance” for modern women. But is this procedure always effective?
We have prepared 6 interesting facts about eggs freezing that every woman should know.
- Eggs freezing is becoming increasingly popular. Especially after the Apple and Facebook announced that they will compensate their female employees the cost of the procedure. Young women have become more interested in how to preserve their fertility. According to the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology, in 2009 there were frozen eggs of 500 women, in 2013 their number increased to 5,000 in 2018 and 76,000 women will resort to this procedure.
- Information on births of children after egg freezing is not particularly distributed. According to some sources, in 2012, there were 83 out of 353 frozen eggs which showed positive results. And in 2013, there were 99 children born – out of 414 attempts. That is that only 24% were ‘successful’. Although you can make allowances for the fact that some eggs were frozen with the help of old, less effective methods.
- Eggs freezing became popular after the American Society for Reproductive Medicine has stated (in 2012) that it is no longer “experimental” method. In addition, a new technique for freezing had better performance. But in the same document, it was stated that we should not advertise it as a method for postponing motherhood, as it gives women false hope.
- Eggs freezing – is an expensive process. In America, egg retrieval itself may cost 10,000-15,000 dollars. And it’s without taking into account the cost of storage, fertilization and embryo transfer. In addition, such a procedure can be physically exhausting – before the egg is extracted from the body, a woman have to take hormones every day during two weeks. On the other hand, the procedure has a positive side – it takes no more than 15 minutes.
- There is no exact data on how many children were born from their mothers eggs. Doctors often compare this procedure with the use of IVF or donor egg. In the first case they take “fresh” egg, while the second – a frozen egg of a woman about 20 years old. Egg freezing is also compared with IVF because both frozen and not frozen eggs behave the same way. But the in vitro fertilization procedure is not reliable, even for women under 35 years – most attempts were not successful.
- Even among young women there is a high percentage of eggs with chromosomal abnormalities. You can make genetic testing, but it costs too much. Therefore, this procedure is carried out only once – when the egg is already fertilized and grown into a blastocyst (the initial stage of the embryo development). That is, the women do not know whether their eggs are healthy, as long as they are thawed and fertilized. This means that they can freeze dysfunctional egg, and their hopes for this procedure will be worthless.