Human Oocyte cryopreservation is a process in which a woman’s eggs (oocytes) are extracted, frozen and stored, as a method to preserve reproductive potential in women of reproductive age. This is a rapidly advancing, breakthrough technology in medical science that empowers women to embrace motherhood when they are ready for it and not when their biological clock dictates.
Oocyte Cryopreservation is becoming increasingly popular with progressive urban women who want to consider marriage and pregnancy at a later stage in life due to education or career priorities, or becoming financially sound, or any psychological factors, or just any personal reason. The technology allows them time to find a secure relationship, focus on professional and personal goals, and ultimately take control of their lives by giving them a choice to get pregnant when they wish to. ‘Social egg freezing’ is a term coined to describe this practice of freezing a woman’s eggs for non-medical reasons. This is also referred to as ‘Elective Oocyte Preservation’.
Social egg freezing is becoming increasingly popular with growing public awareness, and the rapid advancements in this technology in terms of safety, efficiency, success rates and subsequently reduced costs. Global corporates like Facebook, Google and Apple also endorse this option by providing insurance coverage for the cost of egg freezing as an employee benefit for their female employees.
With gaining popularity and subsequently increasing demand, several clinics, facilities and individual practitioners have started offering this service. But it very critical for the woman wanting to go in for the procedure, to identify a specialist who she can place her trust with when taking such an important decision of her life. The doctor should ideally be an experienced Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and IVF specialist who can patiently consult, guide and deliver holistic treatment, care and support in the entire process towards a successful outcome. This is crucial not only from the woman’s health point of view but also her future dream of starting a family. A practitioner with advanced training, extensive knowledge of the whole subject and an experienced hand, in combination with use of modern facilities, state-of-art technology and proficient support team, are key aspects that need to be secured when opting for Egg freezing.