Things you should know about fertility preservation

Delayed parenthood is a common concept today. Couples are busy building up their careers and cannot spare the time to raise a family alongside. They plan to have the family later. Fertility preservation makes it possible for a delayed parenthood. Couples can freeze their fertility for a period up to 10 years. This assures them of a higher chance of pregnancy success in their later years.

With age there are certain risks associated to pregnancy such as chromosomal abnormalities, as well as birth defects, besides the fact that the quality of eggs deteriorate and this make getting pregnant even harder. Taking all of this into consideration many women are keen to have their eggs frozen before they hit their 40’s.

Safety: Many women are not aware that fertility preservation is still in the testing stages and has not yet been officially passed as a tried and proven technique. There is no accurate data as to how many babies have been born from frozen eggs or embryos. Similarly there is no data regarding the success rate of from frozen eggs and embryos. However, it has been found that the latest verification technique is quite successful.

Cost: Fertility preservation does not come cheap. Most hospitals or clinics that offer the facility for fertility preservation charge a huge sum.  Without an alternative option people choose to freeze their eggs, sperm or even fertilised embryo. Even though the yearly charges of fertility preservation are high, many couple feel that this is their only hope for the future. Currently, till there is no other breakthrough in medical science, there is no alternate option for fertility preservation.

No guarantee: Every woman freezes her eggs in the hope that one day in the future she can have children. It is important to understand that there is no guarantee that your frozen eggs will help you get pregnant at a later stage. Most women who freeze their eggs are not aware of this. The eggs need to survive the thawing process and then once they are fertilised and implanted then only will you actually know if the egg will do the job.

Check your ovarian reserve: Before getting your eggs frozen in haste you can check how many eggs you may have left and that will give you a rough idea of how many fertile years you have left. Checking your ovarian reserve and assessing how soon you may lose your fertility is a good foundation on which to determine if you should opt for fertility preservation now or later or even if you will ever need to.

Age: A woman’s fertility begins to decline around 35. Till then you do not need to think of fertility preservation unless you are scheduled to undergo some medical treatment or medication that could hamper your fertility.

Embryos freezing: It is advisable to freeze embryos rather than oocyte. If you already have a partner this is a better choice and boosts you chances of a successful pregnancy. Oocytes are more delicate and some of them do not make it through the thawing process.

After studying these factors you are in a better position to decide if you want to preserve your fertility and when the right time is to do it.

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