Can freezing eggs affect fertility?
Short answer: no, egg freezing won’t lower your ovarian reserve and won’t decrease your chances of getting pregnancy naturally in the future.
Why is egg freezing illegal?
Social egg freezing – i.e. freezing eggs for the purpose of preserving fertility and delayed childbearing – is banned in Singapore. The country only allows women to freeze their eggs for medical reasons – for example, a woman undergoing chemotherapy may freeze her eggs in order to protect them from its harmful effects.
Is egg freezing painful?
All patients will be under anesthesia for about 20 minutes, resulting in a nearly pain-free experience. Upon waking up, patients may feel a little sore, achy, and slight cramping. Most patients take a couple days to recover, while others can take up to a week.
Is Freezing eggs a good option?
The cryopreserved eggs will be of higher quality than any eggs retrieved 10 or more years later. Those frozen “younger” eggs will be more likely to become fertilized, more likely to produce healthier embryos, and more likely to lead to clinical pregnancy and live birth.
What is the success rate of freezing eggs?
Currently women using their own frozen eggs in treatment have a success rate of 18% (30% with frozen donor eggs), which offers no guarantee of achieving a successful pregnancy and birth.
What can go wrong with egg freezing?
The chief near-term risk during an egg freezing cycle is overstimulating your ovaries – ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. This happens in approximately 5% of IVF and egg freezing cycles. In severe forms it can be dangerous, with symptoms that include shortness of breath, gastric reflux, pain and vomiting.
Can you unfreeze your eggs?
Eggs harvested from your ovaries are frozen unfertilized and stored for later use. A frozen egg can be thawed, combined with sperm in a lab and implanted in your uterus (in vitro fertilization).
Can Singapore freeze eggs?
Women like Ms Tan have to go overseas for the elective procedure known as “social egg freezing” because it is currently banned in Singapore. However, freezing of eggs is allowed for medical reasons, such as for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy that may affect their fertility.
How Much Does egg freezing cost?
Egg-freezing costs are expensive: A single cycle can average anywhere from $6,000 to $20,000, according to experts. That doesn’t include the $500 to $600 yearly storage costs. But even with those high cost, there’s no guarantee of success: Egg-freezing success rates remain low.
What’s the process of freezing your eggs?
The process of egg-freezing, or in medical speak, oöcyte cryopreservation, involves stimulating the ovaries with hormones to produce multiple eggs, retrieving the eggs from the ovaries and taking them to the lab, where they’re cooled to subzero temperatures to be thawed at a later date.
How much weight do you gain when freezing eggs?
The extra hormones can trigger these effects. In rare cases, egg stimulation can lead to a condition known as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (HSS). The effects of HSS can include pain, nausea, and significant weight gain of over 10 pounds (lb) in 3–5 days.
What is the best age to freeze your eggs?
To give yourself the highest chances of success, we typically recommend freezing your eggs in your late 20s or early 30s. However, if you’re diagnosed with an illness that may decrease the quality and quantity of your eggs, you might want to consider freezing your eggs even sooner.
How long is recovery from egg freezing?
You may not be down for the count for the entire duration of the four to five recovery days. In fact, most patients are back in action after one to two days of taking it easy. But for some, Chuong says that discomfort could last for much longer. “This [procedure] will often leave the patient feeling bloated and sore.