Comparing egg freezing and embryo freezing
The many choices available to people seeking to start families, including egg freezing and embryo freezing. Do you know the facts behind these two important procedures?
Egg freezing facts
It is estimated that, by the year 2018, 76,000 women will freeze their eggs. Egg freezing involves retrieving a woman’s eggs in a medical setting. Professional then freeze and store them for later use.
There are many reasons why women choose egg freezing. Some women do it before undergoing cancer treatment. Other women do it before military deployment. There are also increased risks of chromosomal abnormalities after age 35. As a result, egg freezing is a popular alternative for young women not yet ready to have children. Many women freeze their eggs so they can delay family-building while they achieve professional and personal goals.
Here are some facts about egg freezing.
- In the U.S. alone, around 2,000 babies have been born from frozen eggs.
- Egg freezing does not guarantee pregnancy.
- In addition to the cost of retrieval, there is also a monthly storage cost for your eggs.
All about embryo freezing
The latest embryo freezing techniques use a process called vitrification. This is a fast method of freezing embryos that has a higher survival rate for embryos during the thaw process, about 80% to 90%.
One of the concerns about embryo freezing is what to do with the embryos a person doesn’t use. Additionally, frozen eggs are not yet fertilized and still be under the ownership of the woman. Embryos come from fertilizing sperm and an egg. If the couple who created the embryo breaks up, the case could end up in court to decide ownership.
If you choose surrogacy and have multiple embryos, you should decide how to handle any remaining embryos. Storing embryos may be an option, but it could be a costly one. Whether you are a single parent or a couple, there could be both ethical and religious issues to consider before starting the process.
The CSP programs
At the Center for Surrogate Parenting, we offer two surrogacy programs. The in vitro fertilization program or IVF program uses an egg from the intended mother and sperm from the intended father to create embryos, which develop for 3 to 5 days. The embryo is then implanted into the surrogate mother’s uterus.
We also offer an in vitro fertilization with egg donation program, known as the IVF/ED program, which uses the sperm of the intended father and an egg donor, which is selected by the intended parent(s). The embryos are then implanted in the surrogate mother’s uterus after the development period, just like in the IVF program.
Should you have questions or concerns regarding the medical procedures performed to help bring your child into the world, please feel free to ask us. Surrogacy is a complicated process, but it is important for you to understand what is happening through each stage of the IVF or IVF/ED process, as well as during the pregnancy, and we welcome your questions.