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I HAVE FROZEN MY EGGS !!!!
Says a 29 year old unmarried girl on the peak of her career !!

by Dr. Keshav Malhotra

Is freezing your eggs just a trend ?

The first “ice baby” from an egg frozen through vitrification was born in December 2010 Our (Rainbow IVF , Agra ) first oocyte cryopreserved baby was born in 2014 and from then there was no looking back.

Over the past five decades, age-related infertility has increased on an epic scale.

No matter how nutritious your diet or strenuous your workout, your eggs still get old, still betray you.

From 2014 when technology conglomerates Apple and Facebook announced that they will pay for the egg freezing process of their women employees which a total change in the Indian mindset and a boon for working women.

Internationally, egg freezing is a route that Hollywood celebrities like Sofia Vergara and Kim Kardashain have taken. And in India, Diana has set an example.

Many celebrities, Miss World’s and working women have been using egg freezing to plan a pregnancy later and Now, its not just restricted to them, anyone who wants to plan a pregnancy later due to various reasons can get their eggs frozen.

And this facility is available in most renowned centers all over and even in some smaller cities with good IVF labs.

Our center at AGRA is a fully equipped laboratory with imported culture media, affordable fee structure and one to one consultation. We provide everything under one roof with globally recognized ART services.

Cryopreservation freezes the biological clock and thus allows it to be used later. Our fertility clinic conducts numerous checks to ensure that only quality ova and embryo are frozen to be used later in life. We also conduct a freeze and thaw cycle test to check whether they survive thawing process and are good enough to be used later.

As Dr Jaideep Malhotra from RAINBOW IVF, AGRA says- Egg freezing is not only a option for medical reasons but can now also be done for lifestyle and personal reasons. We are giving our women more choices in her life!

Egg freezing or scientifically Oocyte cryopreservation is for three types of women:

1. Women who have been diagnosed with cancer who have not yet begun chemotherapy or radiotherapy and would like to preserve fertility for future .

2. Women undergoing treatment with assisted reproductive technologies who do not want embryo freezing

3. Women who would like to preserve their future ability to have children due to personal or medical reasons.Women who are in late 20s or early 30s not yet married or not wanting a child at present.

Age negatively impacts a woman’s egg supply, with the quality and quantity rapidly deteriorating after age 35. With egg freezing, a woman can serve as her own egg donor when she is ready to conceive later in life.

Kardashian sisters have opted for egg freezing.

Kim Kardashian said, in her show, "I'm glad that I'm freezing my eggs. I think now I can just be proactive, but I want to make sure when the time is right, I want to be prepared. I should be safe."

Kim and Kanye are currently parents to North and the pair is pregnant with a baby boy, due in December.

Women’s age for first pregnancy is rising .Most women want to establish a career before planning a pregnancy . Late marriages have also become a trend And these factors have led to the rise of infertility.

Many of these women don't consider egg freezing because they:

    • believe they have plenty of time,

    • underestimate the fertility decline which happens after age 35,

    • Assume IVF can overcome the effects of aging.

Ideal Age for egg freezing is before you turn 30 years of age.

As I , Dr Neharika Malhotra say-We are now making real differences in womens life by offering them more liberation and future control .Though its still not very popular in India because of the social stigma attached to it but this tread has been increasing now.

As we know Unlike embryos, which scientists have been able to freeze since the early 1980s , eggs were, until recently, thought too delicate to survive the process. Made up of a single cell, they contain a large amount of liquid.

Slowly now the Cryo preservation has become so advanced that egg freezing is also giving us equivalent results like embryo freezing.

Though there is also not sufficient data on how long eggs can be frozen, Preliminary studies suggest that frozen oocytes may last ten years; some researchers believe their shelf life may be much longer than that.

How old is too old to be a Pregnant or be a mother?

Egg freezing isn’t going to make that answer easy now.

Some women can easily carry a child until age 60 But we as doctors and even patients have to follow a certain limit.

While many IVF clinics have an age limit for patients they will accept for their egg-donor programs- for US its -50 years, with exceptions—if egg freezing becomes routine, it may make such cutoffs harder to enforce.

As I say, Indian Women are always required to make choices. Women are required to assume responsibility for themself, their career, for how they look, a responsibility of house and husband and also for the responsibility of having a child. And so we can now help them take the step of child bearing slowly.

Rainbow IVF , AGRA offers variety of treatments for infertility and also offers oocyte and embryo freezing. We also have a full time egg bank which provides screened donors according to the need of our patients.

Come and have a look at our “state of the art” freezing program.

Meet our experts and then take this decision.

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