Oocyte freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation, is the method of preserving a woman’s eggs (oocytes). Eggs are harvested from the ovaries and frozen in an unfertilized condition to be used later. A frozen egg can then be thawed, combined with a sperm and implanted in a woman’s uterus during IVF to facilitate pregnancy in future.
When to opt for oocyte freezing?
This process is beneficial for women who cannot deal with pregnancy during their fertile years and decide to postpone their maternity until the time is right. You may want consider freezing your eggs in the following scenarios:
Before undergoing treatment of cancer or any illness, medical treatments like radiation and chemotherapy could harm your fertility. Egg freezing before the procedure allows you to conceive later in future.
During IVF procedure- Sometimes your partner may produce insufficient sperm on the day you have your egg retrieval process. This is when egg freezing may be done.
Preserving younger eggs for future use- You have the option of freezing eggs at a younger age and then have biological children later when the time is right.