Egg freezing is a relatively new option for women who want to preserve their fertility for medical or social reasons.
Egg Freezing involves a stimulated IVF cycle with egg collection, followed by the freezing of unfertilised eggs. Then, when you’re ready to use those eggs, we thaw them and fertilise them with sperm from your partner or donor.
Pre-oncological treatment freezing
If you have time to undergo a cycle of hormone stimulation and egg retrieval before starting chemotherapy or radiotherapy, you have the option to freeze eggs for the future, increasing your chances of a future pregnancy.
Social reasons for fertility preservation
One of the most common fertility issues we deal with at TasIVF is age-related infertility in women.
A woman’s most fertile years are her 20s and early 30s when the ovaries still contain a large number of healthy eggs. Even though you’ll continue to have regular monthly periods for the 10 to 15 years before menopause, ovarian function and egg quality declines – especially in your 40s.
The good news is, if you want to have a child later in life, but have not had the opportunity – or the right circumstances – during your most fertile years, freezing your eggs means you can wait until you’ve met the right partner or feel ready to start a family. This treatment is best considered by women in their early 30s. For the best outcome we aim to freeze at least 12 eggs before the age of 36 to give you a more than a 50% chance of a live birth when you come back to use your eggs.
Contact TasIVF for more information on Fertility Preservation.