Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Women freezing their eggs to raise their chances of conceiving

Egg freezing, or oocyte cryopreservation, provides women the possibility of preserving younger and possibly healthier eggs until they are ready to start a family.

The process first involves stimulating the ovaries with hormones to produce multiple eggs, which is similar to the initial stage of IVF.

A woman is born with a finite number of eggs which continuously depletes throughout her lifetime, said Dr Lim Lei Jun from Sunfert International Fertility Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

“Women are most fertile in their twenties and early thirties. After the age of 30, egg quantity and quality starts to decline,” said Dr Lim.

The rate of decline is steepest after 37 or 38 years old.

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