Women have a fixed number of eggs inside their ovaries when they are born. However, the quality and quantity of these eggs (Ovarian Reserve) will continue to decline when women aged.
Guess what? The eggs inside the ovaries will not replenish themselves. When the eggs inside the ovaries have exhausted, the ovaries will stop functioning. Women will then attain the state of so-called menopause, indicating the end of the reproductive cycle.
The most crucial factor determining the egg’s quality and quantity (Ovarian Reserve) is women’s age.
Sorry ladies! Age is an important element in nurturing the future generation. Other contributing factors include lifestyles, smoking and alcohol binging, environmental pollutions and industrial chemicals, gynaecological and medical diseases, as well as some medical treatment.
The prime time for women to conceive is in their 20s to 30s. However, the majority of women at these ages are in the midst of juggling with educational achievement, career advancement, financial freedom and, in short, not ready to have a family. Some are still waiting for their Mr Right.
The ability to conceive and carry offspring begin to decline after women reach 35 years old when the egg’s quality and quantity decline dramatically. By the time they reach the age of 44, they are very unlikely to conceive.
If you are not ready to be a mother yet but wish to get pregnant at a later age, you may want to consider egg freezing.
Egg freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation, is a method used to protect the current health of your eggs inside your ovaries and preserve your ability to conceive your offspring through future fertility treatment, namely In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment.
Egg freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation, is a fertility treatment method used to protect the current health of your eggs inside your ovaries and preserve your ability to conceive your offspring through future fertility treatment, namely In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment.
In this procedure, you will be injected with hormones to stimulate your ovaries to produce multiple eggs. When the eggs mature, they would be retrieved through the Eggs (Ovum) Pick Up procedure from the ovaries, which are then frozen and stored for future use, usually through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment.
These eggs can be stored in Liquid Nitrogen for years until you are ready to utilise them. The frozen-eggs are then thawed and fertilised (inseminated) with your partner’s sperms in the laboratory once you are prepared to conceive.
Subsequently, one or two of the embryos (Fertilised Egg) are transferred back into your womb for implantation and pregnancy.
If available, the remaining fertilised eggs (Embryos) will be frozen and kept for future fertility treatment use.
To be continued..