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15Apr

Egg freezing has become increasingly popular, not only for medical reasons, but simply because a woman has only so many cycles in her life when she can successfully produce eggs – after the age of 35, fertility rates drop, even more dramatically once the age of 40 has been reached. It’s a very convenient and practical option for those who wish to preserve their fertility until their circumstances allow children, or until they have found the right partner to raise a family with. With more and more women choosing to have children above the age of 30, it’s no wonder vitrification has increased in popularity. But what exactly does it entail, what are the benefits, and why are more women doing it safely today?

The new process
Baby in wombWhen egg freezing was still in its development stage, eggs were originally simply frozen – as you would with any other product. The result of a simple procedure, however, was that there was often tissue damage and therefore the success rate was quite small.

Over the years, however, techniques and methods have been refined and eggs are now kept by a method of flash freezing – the eggs are frozen so rapidly that, when they are once again taken out of storage and warmed up, they react just like fresh eggs. This is because the whole process happens so quickly that there simply isn’t any time for the eggs to lose water, absorb water, or undergo tissue damage. Flash freezing has made the process much safer and delivers a higher success rate.

Five major benefits

1. Vitrification is simple and fast and can be done in under ten minutes.

2. There is hardly any chance for ice crystals to form, which eliminates cell and tissue damage.

3. During the process, the operator is able to observe the eggs, and therefore see if there is any contraction during the process. This allows the operator to assess immediately whether there is a high or low success rate.

4. The process is extremely simple and therefore easy to perform; hence, it does not require special technology or long training. The process is easy and cost-effective.

5. It is safe and economical, but offers a higher success rate than traditional methods.
Whilst the process of vitrification was originally popularised by women who suffered from cancer (to preserve their eggs and fertility whilst undergoing cancer treatments), more and more women are seeing the benefits of vitrification and the freedom it can bring. It has helped – and continues to help – more and more women to declare their independence and become pregnant when they decide the time is right for them. If you are interested in expert vitrification or egg freezing in London, turn to The Centre for Reproductive & Genetic Health.

  

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