What is fertility preservation?
The preservation of the woman’s fertility consists of freezing her eggs at an age where they still have good pregnancy potential.
When is it recommended?
Fertility preservation is recommended in the following cases:
- When a woman wishes to postpone her procreation
- When a woman will receive treatment which might affect her reproductive capacity
Can all women preserve their fertility?
No, for preserving a woman’s fertility with good success rates, her age as well as her ovarian reserve needs to be considered.
How is fertility preservation done?
To preserve fertility it is necessary to obtain her eggs through stimulation treatment and egg retrieval, similar to In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). The obtained eggs will be frozen via vitrification.
How long can the eggs stay frozen?
The eggs stay frozen as long as necessary without any effect on their quality.
What do I have to do if I want to use my frozen eggs?
In order to use these eggs they need to be thawed in the laboratory and fertilised with sperm from the partner or donor. The obtained embryos stay in culture until their transfer on day five. Embryos, which have not been transferred, will be frozen.
The woman will have to prepare her endometrium through hormonal replacement treatment with estrogens and progesterone in order to be able to receive the embryos.