Nowadays, there are several treatment options for fertility made available to couples from all the corners of the world. In this article, we will be focusing two most common treatments: in vitro fertilization (IVF) and egg freezing (oocyte cryopreservation). It is important to be aware of what these treatments are about, especially if you are considering either of them.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
IVF is known to be the most effective form of assisted reproductive technology (ART). Normally, an egg and a sperm are fertilized inside a woman’s body. When the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the womb and continues to grow there, a baby should be born about 9 months later. This is what we call a natural or unassisted conception. For those who are having problems conceiving, though, special medical techniques are required in order for a woman to become pregnant. IVF is often tried when less expensive fertility techniques have failed. In some parts of the world, it is also called a test-tube baby procedure.
The procedure can be done by using your own eggs and your partner’s sperm. In some cases, it may involve eggs, sperm or embryos from known or anonymous donors. In certain cases, a gestational carrier – a woman who has an embryo implanted in her uterus – might also be used.
Your chances of having a healthy baby with IVF depend on several factors such as your age and the cause of infertility. IVF can also be time-consuming, invasive and expensive.
Egg Freezing (Oocyte Cryopreservation)
Egg freezing is a process wherein a woman’s eggs (oocytes) are extracted, frozen and stored for future use, or when the woman is ready to become pregnant. When a woman is ready to become pregnant, the frozen eggs can be thawed, fertilized and transferred to the uterus as embryos. Egg freezing is best done when a woman is in her prime reproductive years – between her 20s and early 30s – to take advantage of premium egg quantity and quality.
This procedure can be beneficial to women for a number of reasons:
*Women diagnosed with cancer (before starting cancer treatments)
*Women who desire to delay childbearing for educational, personal or career goals
*Women who object to storing frozen embryos for religious or moral reasons
*Women with a family history of early menopause
How it works? The development of vitrification or fast freeze has allowed embryologists to freeze eggs.
Dr. Fay Weisberg can certainly help you with your fertility concerns. Setup an appointment with her to know which procedure is best for you.