As people gain more awareness about fertility, an increasing number of women now opt to take charge of their own fertility potential. These days, childbearing is no longer an obstacle in achieving personal or career goals for a lot of women. Innovative treatments and advanced technologies have allowed them to delay pregnancy, and one of those methods is Egg Freezing.
Egg Freezing: Eggs harvested from your ovaries are
frozen unfertilized and stored for later use.
Egg freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation, is a method used to preserve a woman’s reproductive potential. This is made possible by collecting eggs from the woman and freezing them in subzero temperature for later use.
In Malaysia, Egg Freezing is gaining popularity and demand from both locals and medical tourists. This situation is driven by increasing awareness, healthcare quality, top-notch fertility centres and competitive pricing, In fact, Malaysia plans to carve a niche to be the Asian hub for fertility and cardiology treatments, as lined by its Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC).
The healthcare marvel country also has a high success rate of in vitro fertilization (IVF) at around 55 to 60%, making it one of the best destinations for fertility treatments.
According to one of the top fertility clinics in Malaysia, Sunfert International Fertility Centre, said that on average, it receives one Singaporean woman each month wanting to freeze her eggs.
But why do women opt to freeze their eggs?
Women who undergo this procedure are usually those who have health or personal reasons to delay childbearing.
As the years pass and more women are taking up more professional roles, the requests to freeze their eggs and take control over their fertility have increased. Some wish to build a family, but realize that advanced maternal age can make conceiving difficult. For egg freezing, the best time to undergo the procedure is before reaching 35, as thereafter fertility will start to decline. Egg quantity and quality also decline with age.
According to studies, the younger women do it, the higher the chances of them getting pregnant. For instance, If you are 36 years old, you would need 10 eggs to have a 50% chance of having a child. And if you are 39 years old, you will need 16 eggs to have a 50% chance of having a child
Apart from personal reasons, women who undergo Egg Freezing are also those who feel that it is necessary to preserve their reproductive potential as fertility can be affected by health conditions. Such conditions may be cancer, sickle cell anemia, autoimmune diseases such as lupus, and gender diversity, such as being transgender.
Other reasons for Egg Freezing may be:
• Unforeseen circumstances during IVF treatment
• Single women who want to preserve fertility
• Educational reasons
• Moral/religious reasons
What does the process look like?
The process starts with stimulating the ovaries with hormones. This is done to produce multiple eggs, which is similar to the initial stage of IVF.
The eggs are then collected, and subsequently frozen in subzero temperature for later use when the woman is ready for pregnancy.
As a general rundown of the procedure, this is how Egg Freezing will look like:
Step 1: Initial consultation with a specialist
Step 2: Blood tests and ultrasound scans
Step 3: Follow-up
Step 4: Commencement of egg freezing treatment and daily hormone injections
Step 5: Egg growth monitoring and continuing daily hormone injections
Step 6: Final maturation of eggs
Step 7: Egg collection
Step 8: Egg freezing and storage
How much does Egg Freezing cost in Malaysia?
You can expect a price range of RM20,000 to RM30,000 that includes the procedures and medications. But, the cost stated usually doesn’t cover the storage fee, future thawing or fertilization.
Top clinics for Egg Freezing in Malaysia
Malaysia has a lot of fertility treatment facilities to help you realize your Egg Freezing Journey. Among them are:
1. KL Fertility Centre
2. Sunfert International Fertility Centre
3. TMC Fertility
4. Alpha IVF Fertility Centre
5. Sunway Fertility Centre @ SMC
Getting ready for Egg Freezing
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