Sometimes having a baby right now is not an option. It may be because you are busy building your career, because you want to travel, because Mr Right hasn’t turned up on your doorstep yet, or because the partner you thought you would have children with has turned out to be not quite the right one.
It has been well established that egg quality and quantity decreases with age. So there is pressure to have children when your body is ready to even though your social/relationship/career/life-in-general situation isn’t ideal.
If you are faced with this conundrum, you may want to consider freezing your eggs for later use. Whilst it must be stressed that egg freezing is not a guarantee of having a baby in the future, freezing your eggs whilst you’re young can greatly increase your chances of a future pregnancy if you want to delay attempts to conceive. Freezing your eggs whilst you’re in your 20s or 30s can make a lot of sense.
How does the egg freezing process work?
The whole process starts with a general consultation where we talk about egg freezing generally. How it works, what to expect. We also discuss your general health and situation to see if it is a suitable option for you. A basic fertility workup is conducted.
At the second consultation, we go over all of your test results to determine whether it is appropriate to conduct egg freezing. Occasionally a pelvic ultrasound identifies a problem such as an ovarian cyst that needs to be dealt with before we proceed. Or a test indicates that you have a low ovarian reserve (not many eggs in your ovaries) which would suggest that if we were to go through the process of egg freezing we are likely to obtain only a small number of eggs.
If you do choose to go ahead, then you have a consultation with one of the nurses from Genea’s Horizon service. The nurse will explain the process in detail, plan date the start date that works with your schedule and show you how to use the hormone injecting pens (they’re really simple to use, so don’t let this freak you out). Your cycle will involve approximately 10 days of injections (plus or minus. few days as everyone responds slightly differently) during which time you have a couple more blood tests and ultrasounds. The final step is the egg collection which is a day-only surgical procedure conducted at Genea in Kent St, Sydney.
See https://geneahorizon.com.au for more information.
How much does egg freezing cost?
Egg freezing is conducted through Genea’s Horizon egg freezing service. See https://geneahorizon.com.au for costs.
For medically indicated egg freezing (eg, in women who have been diagnosed with cancer and are planned for treatment that is likely to significantly damage their ovarian reserve), reduced rates are available. See https://drrachaelrodgers.com.au/fertility-preservation-prior-to-cancer-treatment/ if you are requiring egg freezing prior to cancer treatment.
Want to find out more?
Phone (02) 9099-1792 or email us at hello@DrRachaelRodgers.com.au to request an appointment.