Freezing eggs is an option to get pregnant whenever you want
Freeze the eggs for laterin vitro fertilization it is an option for women who wish to become pregnant later because of work, health or other personal reasons.
However, it is more indicated that the freezing is done until 30 years of age because until this stage the eggs still have excellent quality, reducing the risks of congenital diseases in the baby linked to the mother's age, such as Down's Syndrome, for example .
After the freezing process, the eggs can be stored for several years, with no time limit for their use. When the woman decides she wants to become pregnant, in vitro fertilization will be done using her partner's frozen eggs and sperm. See how is the procedure of Fertilizationin vitro.
Egg freezing price
The freezing process costs around 6 to 15 thousand reais, in addition to having to pay a maintenance fee at the clinic where the egg is kept, which usually costs between 500 and 1000 reais per year. However, some SUS hospitals freeze the eggs of women with uterine or ovarian cancer, for example.
When is indicated
Egg freezing is generally considered in cases of:
- Cancer in the uterus or ovary, or when chemotherapy or radiation therapy can affect the quality of the eggs;
- Family history of early menopause;
- Desire to have children after 35 years.
When the woman gives up on having children in the future or when frozen eggs are left, it is possible to donate these eggs to other women who wish to become pregnant or for scientific research.
How freezing is done
The egg freezing process consists of several steps:
1. Clinical evaluation of women
Blood and ultrasound tests are performed to check the woman's hormone production and whether she will be able to fertilizein vitro in the future.
2. Stimulation of ovulation with hormones
After the initial exams, the woman will have to give injections in the belly with hormones that will stimulate the production of a larger number of eggs than happens naturally. The injections are given for about 8 to 14 days, and then it is necessary to take a medication to prevent menstruation.
3. Monitoring ovulation
After this period, a new medication will be given to stimulate the maturation of the eggs, which will be monitored through blood tests and ultrasound. When monitoring this process, the doctor will predict when ovulation will occur and set a date to remove the eggs.
4. Removal of eggs
The removal of the eggs is done in the doctor's office, with the aid of local anesthesia and medication to make the woman sleep. Usually about 10 eggs are removed through the vagina, while the doctor visualizes the ovaries using transvaginal ultrasound, and then the eggs are frozen.