Oocyte freezing has become an integral part of modern reproductive medicine. And every year more and more women use this option. Some of them are patients of clinics, where doctors recommend freezing women’s oocytes if they are to undergo surgery on the reproductive system or fight a tumor.
But more and more often women who want to postpone their pregnancy are using oocyte freezing. Such a serious step should be considered because freezing eggs is not as easy as it may seem at first glance. It is a long and expensive procedure that will require patience and strength, just like the subsequent pregnancy with frozen oocytes.
An unfictional story: early menopause
A woman named Deborah Davis, a successful lawyer and founder of a small company, lives in San Francisco. She got married at 26, and since she wasn’t planning on having children at the time, she decided to freeze her own eggs so that she could have a fully planned pregnancy.
She underwent an expensive course of hormone therapy to retrieve the maximum number of eggs (under the program, the ovaries are stimulated to take the maximum number of eggs), spending more than $20,000. After the puncture (a puncture to retrieve the oocytes), doctors informed her that the eggs obtained were immature-despite hormone therapy, they simply had not grown. This meant that Deborah’s body was in early menopause.
The couple decided that incompetent doctors were to blame for the results of the preservation and went to another clinic, but the result was still the same. Eventually, the couple underwent several different types of treatment, which have yielded no results so far.
How it happens
Many couples or women who want to preserve their own eggs are genuinely surprised by modern technology. Of course, cryopreservation has not yet reached a level where it is possible to freeze a whole person, but there is a very real possibility to do this with oocytes.
For those who want to have an oocyte freezing procedure, reproductive therapists prescribe several weeks of birth control. This is to allow the ovaries to rest and be ready for the abrupt hormonal stimulation. Although at first glance, suppressing the reproductive system may seem unreasonable, in fact, many women become pregnant quickly after withdrawal of birth control, which is because the reproductive system seeks to catch up by producing better quality eggs for conception.