Who can freeze eggs?
There are many reasons for women to freeze eggs, either for medical or non-medical reasons. Medical reasons that may impact fertility include conditions such as autoimmune diseases, sickle cell anemia, or one undergoing cancer treatment. Those who undergo in vitro fertilization may also freeze eggs. Non-medical reason includes women who prefer to conceive later due to other personal commitments. Doctors suggest that freezing eggs before the age of 40 has more chances of pregnancy.
The possible consequences of freezing eggs
There are associated risks with this type of invasive procedure, but not every woman will experience the after-effect. As a result of fertility drugs, women may experience ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), which causes painful and inflamed ovaries. Other risks from egg retrieval include infection, bleeding, or damage to a nearby organ or vessel. Older women may need more cycles and are more likely to experience a miscarriage. Besides physical risks, women may experience emotional risks as egg freezing does not always guarantee positive outcomes.
The right age to freeze
The earlier the eggs are frozen, the more likely a woman will get pregnant. Doctors suggest that freezing eggs before the age of 40 will give a more positive outcome. Doctors believe that freezing eggs after the age of 40 is not recommended. However, regardless of age, discussing with the healthcare provider is imperative.
What to anticipate?
Before the freezing procedure, the doctor will perform some tests such as blood work and ovarian reserve tests. The doctor will also do some screening of infectious diseases. The entire egg freezing process involves ovarian stimulation, retrieval of eggs, and freezing of eggs. Speak to the doctor to discuss the procedure in detail and to clear any doubts.
What happens after the egg freezing procedure?
After one goes through the process, women can return to daily activities within a week. Doctors also recommend not having unprotected intercourse. Be wary of symptoms such as high fever, heavy vaginal bleeding, severe abdominal pain, weight gain, and bladder issues. If facing any of these symptoms, contact the doctor as soon as possible.