Should You Use a Frozen Egg Bank?

Should You Use a Frozen Egg Bank?

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Science of Infertility

However, science has advanced significantly in the past few decades and there have been a number of developments in the field of infertility. Now, almost every infertility problem can be treated and you can have babies regardless of what your problem may be.

Right from medications to herbal remedies to treatments, there are numerous options for you to explore. The doctor will start you off with medications first but if they don’t work, based on your situation he might recommend in vitro fertilization with the help of a donor.

Donor eggs

If the reason why you are not able to get pregnant is because of the lack of ovulation or egg maturation or any other problem related to the egg, you would have to choose a female donor ready to give you her eggs. Here comes the important factor. You can either choose fresh eggs or you can go for frozen eggs from frozen egg banks.

Fresh or frozen eggs?

Which of the two choices is better? What should you go for? Are frozen eggs safe to use? Surely a number of such questions are arising in your mind. In order to be able to answer all these questions, you should understand the advantages of using each type of eggs. Based on what you find out, you can make an informed decision. Also, talking to your doctor about her opinion can help you out.

Here a few things that you might be interested to know about:

Frozen egg numbers are guaranteed

If you go for frozen eggs, you will have the eggs ready for you. There won’t be any retrieval process. The eggs have already been retrieved and frozen. All you have to do is choose them. Here is the biggest advantage: you are guaranteed a number of eggs when you choose frozen egg banks.

Ready to be inseminated

You can easily rely on these frozen eggs. Apparently usually at least four out of six will easily survive and be ready to be inseminated. That number is highly optimistic.

They are already mature

Another advantage of frozen eggs is that they are already mature. When you go for fresh eggs, you won’t know how many are actually mature and how many aren’t. You have to leave it to luck because you will find out only after collection. That can be a risk. This risk is eliminated when you choose frozen eggs because they are all mature.

No haste

If you choose fresh cycles, you will have to wait for the uterine lining to mature. If it is not ready, you will have to freeze the eggs either way until the lining matures. Otherwise, you will have to cancel the cycle and this can cost you a lot.

On the other hand, if you go for a frozen cycle, you can treat the recipient continuously with estrogen to ready the lining. There is absolutely no haste in this process.

Less expensive

The last point is the expense. Fresh cycles are more expensive. In fact, they can be thrice as expensive.

Conclusion

Yes, it is a good idea to go for frozen egg banks in order to have a baby. You can choose the donor based on your preferences and then have the eggs at lower rates. However, your choice boils down to what you think would be the best.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.