Egg Freezing Procedure

Each woman ovulates only 1 egg each month with her menstrual cycle and loses several eggs along with it. If pregnancy does not develop, the cycle ends with menstrual bleeding. Egg freezing is a process that allows eggs, which are female reproductive cells, to be collected, frozen, and stored for future use. For this purpose, oocyte vitrification (freezing technique) is performed with mature eggs obtained after ovarian stimulation.

At Centrum IVF Center, Egg freezing is performed in women diagnosed with cancer, when the ovaries need to be removed and in cases where the AMH level is low.

Female reproductive cells are called eggs. Every girl is born with egg cells that are placed in her ovary while developing in the mother’s womb. She can only use these innate egg cells throughout her life. If there is a genetic predisposition, such as a family history of early menopause, an early decrease in egg reserve can be observed even at a young age. Except this.

  • Egg freezing should be considered if chemotherapy or radiotherapy-derived treatments have been applied or planned to be applied due to certain cancer-type diseases that have been diagnosed and a cyst operation involving the ovaries or an operation that may require removal of ovarian tissue has been performed or is planned to be performed.
  • Egg freezing in women provides an advantage in terms of preserving fertility in cases where there is no recent pregnancy or marriage plan but a low AMH level.

Egg freezing technology increases the age of motherhood for women.

Women who have frozen their eggs within the framework of the laws of the Republic of Turkey can get pregnant at any age when they are ready to become mothers. The frozen egg cell bears the characteristics of the age at which it was frozen. For this reason, the babies will be healthy.

How is the egg freezing procedure performed?
After the ovaries are stimulated in a controlled manner with drug therapy, which lasts for an average of 10-14 days, egg collection is performed under anesthesia. The egg cells obtained after this process are frozen by applying the vitrification (fast) freezing method.

How Long Can Frozen Eggs Be Stored?
The storage period is 1 year (with the approval of the patient, the period can be extended up to 5 years, after 5 years, the approval of the Ministry of Health is required). If the person whose eggs are frozen has decided not to use the eggs anymore and does not want to continue their storage, the only option is to destroy the eggs. For this, she must apply to the IVF center and submit a petition stating the reason for destruction and signing it. Thereupon, the eggs are destroyed by notifying the Ministry of Health.

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