Egg freezing Perth
Reasons for egg freezing Perth
Why would you freeze your eggs?
“I see this in my practice, as more women ask for it, and when I go to conferences, oocyte cryopreservation is always on the agenda. There are many different reasons why women choose to freeze their eggs.”
Cost of egg freezing Perth
Medicare and egg freezing
If you freeze your eggs for medical reasons, because your fertility is compromised, the procedure is covered under Medicare. If it is for an elective purpose, it is not covered by Medicare.
Medicare does not cover the long term storage of frozen eggs, no matter whether they are stored for medical or elective reasons.
Embryo vs egg freezing Perth
Egg freezing or embryo freezing?
“It’s unfair to compare the two, but the bottom line is that you need to understand that you are going to need a lot more eggs in order to get a live birth. The international data based on a varied group of women state that if you freeze about 15 mature eggs, you are giving yourself a 70 to 80% chance of one live birth.”
Egg freezing storage
How long can eggs freeze for?
“You have to use ICSI (i.e. 1 sperm injected in one egg) with frozen eggs. The reason for that is, when eggs are frozen, the shell around the outside becomes really firm. If you just did IVF (i.e. one egg in a Petri dish surrounded by a thousands of sperm), then fertilisation would not happen. So we take 1 good looking sperm and inject it into the egg.”
“This is quite controversial. I believe that the sweet spot for freezing eggs is around 34 or 36 years of age, maybe 33. This is the age group of women who are most likely to use these eggs. I do not think that women in their late twenties, unless they have a really compromised egg reserve, should be encouraged to freeze their eggs.”
“It’s extremely rare, over 1 in 30,000. But there are other risk factors to consider; you have to undergo surgery, you can develop ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, and it is a big investment of time and money. So if you freeze them really early and never use them, I wonder if that is the best investment. Older women, over 36-38, might go straight to IVF. So the sweet spot from a cost/usage perspective is probably that 34-36 years of age.”