First published November 16, 2022 at 11:38 a.m. IST
Egg Freezing in India: We spoke to Dr Anitha BR, Senior Consultant Obstetrician, Gynecologist and Fertility Specialist, Motherhood Hospitals, Whitefield Bangalore who gave us essential information and advice for women who wish to freeze their eggs .
What is the right age to freeze eggs?
According to experts, women who freeze their eggs early have a better chance of a successful pregnancy. Regarding egg freezing, women are recommended to do so before the age of 35. At this stage, women are generally in full health. And as we all know, the entire reproductive system is greatly affected by overall health. Opting for egg freezing early will ensure the quality of the embryo.
What is the success rate of egg freezing?
The chances of a successful pregnancy with frozen eggs depend on several factors. About 6 out of 8 eggs usually survive the freezing and thawing process. Of the 6 surviving eggs, the chance of a healthy birth is between 18% and 32%, depending on the age of the women and the quality of the egg.
Does freezing my eggs affect my period?
Egg freezing does not affect your period. The process takes about two weeks and begins on the first day of your period. You will be given hormonal medications to make your ovary produce multiple eggs instead of just one, and your eggs will be retrieved a few days later, depending on your biology. Your period should return two weeks after recovery.
Are there any side effects? If so, what are they?
Freezing eggs carries certain risks. Some are caused by fertility drugs. In some cases, hormones such as follicle-stimulating hormone or luteinizing hormone are injected to induce ovulation. But they can also cause swelling and pain in the ovaries after ovulation or egg retrieval. This condition is also known as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.
The egg retrieval procedure has its complications. Very rarely, the needle used for egg retrieval may cause bleeding, infection, or damage to the intestines, bladder, or blood vessels. Along with this, patients may also experience the emotional side effects of the drugs and injections used during the process.
Where will the eggs be stored once frozen?
After the eggs are retrieved, they are stored in tanks in a designated egg freezing room for egg storage. It has its own security and only selected personnel are allowed in these facilities.
Can you still get pregnant if you freeze your eggs?
Egg freezing is a method that is chosen for the pregnancy that ensues in the future. Freezing your eggs does not affect your natural fertility. You can still get pregnant naturally if you want.
What is the cost of freezing eggs in India?
It should be noted that India offers egg freezing at a lower cost than most other countries. It costs somewhere between Rs150000 and Rs 170000 in India. This price includes all fees associated with the IVF protocol, including those for egg harvest and subsequent freezing procedures, as well as the cost of medications and injections used to stimulate the ovaries.