The Benefits Of Freezing Your Eggs
As the name suggests, egg freezing is the process of freezing your eggs and storing them so they can be used in the future. This process involves three steps; stimulating the ovaries with fertility medication, retrieving the eggs through a minor outpatient procedure and freezing the eggs using a method known as vitrification. Once you’re in a position where you’d like to have a baby, the frozen eggs will be thawed and used during IVF treatment.
If you’ve been considering freezing your eggs and you’d like to find out more about the benefits of doing so, our team at Sims IVF have highlighted some of the main reasons why women decide to go ahead with an egg freezing cycle.
Preserve Your Fertility
Egg freezing is a popular fertility preservation technique. Age is one of the biggest factors that impacts fertility and female fertility reaches a peak in the early 20s. From the age of 30, female fertility starts to decline significantly and at the age of 40, women are less than half as fertile as they are at 25. This can be a huge concern and it isn’t uncommon for women to freeze their eggs to reduce the impact age has on their fertility.
Both the quantity of eggs and the quality of eggs decline over time and it’s often advised that you freeze your eggs before the age of 35 when possible. This can help to increase your chances of conceiving using your frozen eggs in the future.
Start A Family Later In Life
More so than ever before, women are having babies later in life, whether this is for career, financial or relationship reasons. Egg freezing for social reasons can help you to start a family in later life when you feel ready to do so.
Pregnancy success rates when using thawed vitrified eggs have started to rival success rates when using fresh eggs, and although there are no guarantees, you will have the chance to try and have children in the future when you freeze your eggs. Whilst it is possible to freeze embryos too, freezing eggs is often the preferred choice. Just freezing your eggs will give you more autonomy over pregnancy options when compared to freezing embryos with a partner.
Prevent Fertility Concerns After Treatment
Unfortunately, some of the medications used to treat illnesses can negatively impact female fertility. When women are undergoing treatment like chemotherapy or radiotherapy for cancer, for example, they will choose to freeze their eggs. Doing so can provide peace of mind that they still have the opportunity to have children once their treatment ends. Medical egg freezing is an option worth exploring even if you’re not sure whether you want to have a baby in the future.
If you’re diagnosed with a chronic illness that will seriously impact your fertility, freezing your eggs will give you one less thing to worry about. This fertility preservation option is suitable for women between the ages of 18 and 42, and fast-track appointments are available if you need to start treatment for your illness straight away.
Speaking to a specialist about freezing your eggs in Ireland
There are so many benefits to egg freezing and if you would like to find out more about the process of freezing your eggs, feel free to contact us at Sims IVF. We have a fertility preservation programme that is designed to help women and men preserve their fertility and conceive in the future. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
When choosing a clinic to help you freeze your eggs in Ireland, you can always turn to Sims IVF in confidence knowing we have cared for thousands of patients since 1997 and we have impressive success rates. Every member of our team is passionate about supporting those who need help with their fertility and we will do all we can to maximise your chance of having a baby. We invite you to explore our website today to find out more about our specialist team who will be by your side every step of the way if you decide to freeze your eggs.