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What Is Egg Freezing/Banking? Expert Decodes The Process

Egg freezing, also known as mature oocyte cryopreservation, is a method used to save women's ability to get pregnant in the future.

What Is Egg Freezing/Banking? Expert Decodes The Process

There are several health tests required before the egg freezing process

Egg Banking or egg freezing, as it is known, gives a woman the choice to experience parenting/motherhood in future. Simply put, Egg Banking is the extraction of a woman's eggs, which are then frozen and stored. When motherhood beckons or when the feeling of experiencing parenthood overwhelms a woman, irrespective of her age or medical complications, these frozen eggs can be thawed, fertilized, and transferred to her uterus as embryos. It helps a woman get pregnant after her reproductive years.

The role of egg freezing

The emotional feeling is just one variable when it comes to making a decision on parenthood. The knowledge that today one can opt for motherhood any time is allowing women to make informed decisions on when to have a baby.

Traditionally, planned parenthood was mostly related and limited to spacing of children. Today, it involves having choices like opting for egg Banking. This standardized technique offers good outcome and is a beacon of hope for women who choose to delay parenthood either due to different reasons. And the decision to wait does impact women's window of fertility to produce children since the reproductive eggs dwindle and dry up with age.

Egg banking allows women to control their biological clocks.

Women today have that choice available to them and want to exercise this choice. To be able to become pregnant, deliver a child, breastfeed, look after babies and mold the future generation is an empowering feeling that women want to experience. Yes, it is the woman who gives birth to a life. The child who gives birth to a mother.

Egg Banking has opened the door of parenting for women by offering them a choice that is adaptable to their lifestyle and needs.

(Dr Hrishikesh Pai is Consultant Gynaecologist & Infertility specialist attached to Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai, D Y Patil Hospital, Navi Mumbai & Fortis Hospitals in New Delhi, Gurugram & Chandigarh)

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