Frequently Asked Questions
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What is egg freezing?
Egg freezing is a term used for the process of freezing unfertilized eggs, and then storing them for future use. The eggs are frozen until the mother is ready to try to have children. When you have decided the time is right, the egg is unthawed, fertilized, and then implanted into your uterus using in vitro fertilization.
Is it the right time?
There’s a saying: “the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The next best time is today.”
In other words, there is no set time to get your eggs frozen. Of course, as a woman has a set number of eggs in her lifetime that decrease in quality over time, we strongly advice you not to put off the procedure if you are considering it.
Generally speaking, however, the earlier you can freeze you eggs, the better quality they will be. Clinics typically recommend freezing eggs before the age of 38, if possible. Other factors are also analyzed, including your hormone levels, antral follicle count, and more. Based on the results, clinics may suggest taking additional steps to optimize your chance at producing enough healthy eggs to maximize your chances of fertility in the future.
How does it work?
1) Using our database of top fertility clinics, reading stories of and reviews from former patients, and after speaking with a free, 1-on-1 private consultant, you can decide on the clinic that’s right for you. Our arrangements with the clinics will allow us to get you exclusive pricing and service not available elsewhere.
2) A fertility assessment and doctor consultation is carried out at the clinic. Blood tests will be done to confirm your levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH). Ideal candidates should have low FSH levels, and average to above average levels of AMH. Fortunately, women with low AMH or high FSH may still be able to pursue egg freezing. However, such candidates would likely require additional egg freezing cycles with the clinic to produce enough healthy eggs to give you the best chance at success. The clinic will also perform an ultrasound to measure your AFC, or antral follicle count, which will also factor into your doctor’s recommendations.
3) Based on your doctor’s tests and results, the clinic will provide you with a unique plan for freezing your eggs, custom made to give you the best possible chance for preserving healthy eggs.
4) Once the process has begun, you will receiving injections of fertility drugs for 8-12 days prior to the procedure. These injections will stimulate your ovaries to create multiple egg sacs. After enough of these egg sacs have reached the necessary size, an additional drug is injected. Approximately 36 hours later, this will allow the eggs to be removed. During the procedure, you will be given medications to be sedated throughout the process. After the eggs are extracted, you will be monitored by the medical team before returning to your home or hotel. Also, note that many clinics offer private rooms and suites upon requests, for guests to stay who may be coming from outside of Bangkok. Lastly, note that you will not be able to drive or operate machinery the day of the procedure, until the medication has fully worn off.
5) After the procedure is completed, your eggs will be reviewed by an embryologist. Every egg will be examined individually, to ensure that unsuitable eggs are not passed on to be frozen. For the freezing process, the majority of clinics use a procedure known as vitrification protocol–which has been shown to generate very positive results. Once the eggs are frozen, they are stored as long as you require. Discuss with the clinic to confirm the pricing and other information related to annual storage.
6) Later on, once you have decided to pursue pregnancy, your eggs will be thawed. The eggs will then be fertilized using in vitro fertilization, or IVF, before being implanted into your uterus. It is also common for a doctor to prescribe estrogen and progesterone to prepare your uterus lining before the embryo is transferred, to maximize your chances of success. Please note that some women may have to undertake multiple embryo transfers in order to become pregnant.
How many eggs should I freeze?
The recommended number of eggs to freeze can vary based on a variety of factors that will be discussed during your clinical evaluation. Generally speaking, however, you may need to freeze additional eggs as you age to optimize your chances of success. 10-15 eggs is a frequent number for women in their 20s or early 30s, with a larger number typically suggested for women as they reach 35 and beyond.
How long do they last?
Eggs have been reliably shown to be successfully frozen for over 10 years or more.
How well does it work?
The likelihood of pregnancy with a fertilized egg will be similar to the chance of pregnancy naturally, based on the age of the patient when the egg was first frozen.
In other words, the sooner you can freeze your eggs, the better, since the probability of each egg you freeze to result in pregnancy will reduce as you age, particularly in your late 30s and beyond.
The good news, however, is that success rates in Thai clinics have been as high as 85%!
Which clinic to choose?
We take pride in curating a list of Thailand’s top clinics. These clinics have been pre-screened for a variety of factors, including quality of care, success rates, and more.
However, before decided on any clinic, it is important that you ask the right questions to feel 100% confident in your decision. Don’t be shy to ask questions that matter to you: how many procedures have they performed, how many successful pregnancies have they produced, what unique benefits are they able to provide over other clinics, and more.
Doctors in Thailand are humble and service-minded. No clinic will be offended at your desire to ask as many questions as you need to confirm your decision.
Is it safe?
Egg freezing is an established, world-wide procedure.
In studies, no increased rates of chromosomal defects were discovered when comparing frozen eggs to fresh eggs.
To date, there have been over 300,000 children born worldwide using frozen eggs.
Regardless, it is always important to speak to the doctor at your clinic to discuss any unique medical considerations or risk factors
What are the costs?
Thailand provides some of the world’s top rated fertility specialists at a cost well below that of Australia or the United States.
Each clinic’s rates may vary, and may also be impacted by unique factors on a case-by-case basis. For example, for older clients, additional rounds of egg freezing may be necessary to maximize the chances of producing enough healthy eggs.
Can I begin the egg freezing process while in quarantine?
Yes! Select hospital partners of ours can manage the hormone injection procedures while you stay in quarantine. This greatly minimizes the time you have to stay in Thailand.
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