What is Egg Freezing?
Egg freezing in Mexico is an Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) program to preserve unfertilized eggs. Leading IVF clinics in Mexico have perfected the method of successfully freezing eggs for the purpose of preserving them for future IVF treatment.
With egg freezing (oocyte cryopreservation), you can achieve your reproductive dreams by freezing the eggs until a time in the future when you are ready to begin your family or add to your family.
A Good Candidate for Egg Freezing
Good candidates for egg freezing in Mexico are women who want to preserve their eggs for a future IVF journey, for medical reasons before initiating toxic treatment or therapy in young cancer patients, and for intended parents wishing to avoid freezing surplus embryos after IVF.
Egg freezing is also a good option for women diagnosed with serious medical conditions such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis — in which eggs may be damaged by medical treatments, and women with a family history of early menopause or endometriosis.
This procedure also has the potential to be used for cryopreservation of donor eggs so that multiple recipient couples could use eggs from the same egg donor without the need for endometrial synchronization.
Egg Freezing Procedure
Following the egg collection procedure:
- Eggs are washed and placed in lab dish; place in an incubator.
- Eggs are stripped of the protective ‘cloud’ of cells to safeguard they are mature and suitable for freezing. All good quality mature eggs are frozen using the traditional slow-freezing technique or a Vitrification process due to its superior pregnancy rates in Mexico with the fertilization technique of ICSI (a single sperm is passed through the zona pellucida) to overcome the issue of the inurement of the eggs zona pellucida post thaw.
- When the patient wishes to continue treatment with the frozen eggs, the eggs are thawed for use.
Recovery from Egg Freezing
Following egg retrieval in Mexico, some abdominal bloating is experienced by most women. It is advised that you refrain from strenuous activities. The discomfort usually peaks approximately one week after the procedure and then subsides completely. This feeling is the result of the natural ovulation process; it is just more intense after treatment because multiple eggs have been extracted from the ovaries as opposed to the one usually released during natural ovulation.
Egg Freezing vs. Embryo Freezing
Embryo freezing, also called embryo cryopreservation, is the process of freezing and storing an embryo for future use. An embryo consists of an egg and sperm that is already joined, containing genetic measures from the male and female parents.
Egg freezing consists of freezing an egg for future use and then fertilizing it with sperm after it is thawed for implantation.