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Egg Freezing, sometimes referred to as Oocyte Cryopreservation and the procedure involves harvesting eggs from the ovaries, freezing them unfertilized, and storing them for later use so they can be used infertility treatment. Egg freezing is an option if you do not want to become pregnant now but want to ensure you can still get pregnant at a later date. You might also consider this procedure if you have a disease that can affect your fertility such as lupus and ovarian disease as you will need treatment for illnesses that can affect your ability to get pregnant, or if you are undergoing in vitro fertilization.
The procedure is carried out in a series of steps. The first step is ovarian stimulation, where you are given hormonal injections for several weeks to produce multiple eggs. You may also need to take medication that prevents premature ovulation. The next step is egg retrieval, which is performed under sedation and takes around twenty minutes to complete. The doctor typically inserts an ultrasound probe into your vagina to determine follicle, then a needle is guided through your vagina and into the follicle. The eggs are retrieved from the follicle by a suction connected to the needle. The last step is freezing the eggs in subzero temperature and the eggs can be frozen for about ten years and most women will have around 15 eggs retrieved.
The whole process takes around ten to fourteen days. Normally, you can go home immediately after the egg retrieval. Since the procedure does not involve any incision, the recovery period does not take long. You may be able to go back to your normal routines, such as work and exercise within a week. Your doctor may advise you to avoid having unprotected sex to prevent unintended pregnancy. Depending on your age and the time of egg freezing, your chances of becoming pregnant after implantation are roughly around 30% to 60%.