|It's a fact that women in New Zealand are starting to have children later in their lives than in previous years. What hasn't changed however, is the fact that women's fertility declines as they age. While social reasons aren't the only possible cause for pursuing egg freezing, they are becoming more common motivators as women increasingly find themselves ready to have a family later in life.
Back in 2014, both Apple and Facebook brought egg freezing to the forefront when they announced they would pay for their female employees who chose to undergo the procedure, as a strategy to attract more women workers.
For any woman who has felt the dilemma between making the most of prime working and living years while also desiring a family, it is likely that egg freezing has crossed her mind. But what exactly can you expect from the egg freezing process and what does it entail?
The egg freezing procedure
The first step in the egg freezing process is to undergo hormonal ovarian stimulation to increase the number of eggs that can be harvested. The hormones are usually injected daily for up to 12 days and the growth of follicles is monitored during this time with several blood tests and ultrasound scans.
Retrieval of the eggs from the ovaries is performed by the Repromed Doctor using an ultrasound probe that is inserted into the vagina. The procedure takes about 20 minutes and is done using a light sedation so the woman can return home after a couple hours of recovery.