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What Do I Need to Know About Egg Freezing?

by Joanne P. Health Enthusiast
Many young people are holding off their plans to start a family in pursuit of other priorities or simply out of unreadiness. The problem is while they tend to make these plans wait, their biological clocks are not stopping to do the same. This is especially true for women. 

Women reach peak fertility in their early 20s and their chances of getting pregnant decline as early as 27 years. By the time women reach 40, they have a 34 percent chance of miscarriage, and by 45, that percentage rises to 53 percent. 

Apart from age factors, women who are about to undergo chemotherapy, as well as women with an existing health condition like an autoimmune disease, may also face consequences on their fertility.

So what real solution is there for women who want to preserve their fertility? The answer is cryopreservation. 

Egg freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation, is the process of preserving a woman’s eggs for future use. This is made possible in fertility clinics that offer services like IVF in Davao in the Philippines.



Here are two questions you might be asking before you begin a cycle of egg freezing. 



Can I freeze my eggs while I’m on contraceptives?


The answer is a big no, and the key to understanding why is to grasp how contraceptives work.

The role of hormonal contraceptives is to not only avoid pregnancy but also hinder ovulation. Ovulation is the process of eggs leaving the ovaries upon reaching maturity and reaching the fallopian tubes to be fertilized.

What contraceptives do is stop this entire process. So without an egg waiting in the fallopian tubes, there is no fertilization and no pregnancy.

What does this do to women who are interested in freezing their eggs?

Women who take contraceptives right before a cycle of egg harvesting may have a lower number of eggs to be retrieved. They are also prone to undergoing a longer cycle of egg freezing that might need more medication.

So if you’re taking hormonal contraceptives, you might want to stop at least a month before your first retrieval cycle begins.


Is it alright to have unprotected intercourse during my cycle?


During a cycle of egg freezing, the ovaries are able to produce multiple eggs due to stimulation medication. When this happens, the eggs are then retrieved for cryopreservation, but there’s always a small possibility of one or two eggs not being retrieved.

When this happens, unprotected intercourse may result in fertilization. There is always a possibility of the sperm fertilizing the remaining eggs, which may defeat your purpose of freezing your eggs.
 

Cryopreserving your eggs has provided many women and couples with the opportunity to start families at a later date. Whether it be because of pending procedures like chemotherapy, existing conditions, or the unreadiness to procreate. Cryopreservation has made it possible for women to have a real choice and a better chance of living a life full of options.



If you’re in the Philippines, egg freezing, sperm freezing, and other IVF services in Davao are luckily at reach, and for a reasonable price.

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