3 Facts You Need to Know About Freezing Your Eggs – Part 2

1Freezing eggs isn’t a hush-hush topic. Hollywood has made this a part of regular conversation, too. Zooey Deschanel feared for her ticking biological clock in an episode of New Girl, while Maria Menounos, Sofia Vergara and Jennifer Aniston have all put their fertility on ice.

In Part One we showed you 3 facts you need to know about freezing your eggs. Here are 3 more that might help you decide if this is an option for you.

1. Are there side effects?

Generally, the more eggs a woman produces while taking hormone injections, the more severe her side effects will be. Some women experience bloating, breast tenderness, and sore ovaries after the eggs are retrieved. Following the retrieval procedure, women can often return to work the next day but they may need up to a week to feel like their normal selves again.

Another fact to note is that a woman may need to repeat the whole process a second time, depending on the number of eggs that were successfully harvested in the first round. Often, women worry that they’ll “waste” or “run out of” eggs as a result of freezing them. This is a common myth. In the egg retrieval and freezing process, the eggs that are used would have naturally died off anyway.

2. Will it work?

Freezing eggs is not like having a life insurance policy. Freezing your eggs is a second choice, because you can’t count on it for sure. But this is a good backup plan. Success rates vary, depending on the woman’s age when the eggs were frozen and other factors. 5 to 15% of frozen eggs are not viable after being thawed. But once an embryo has been successfully created (by joining a surviving, thawed egg with sperm), the chance of a successful pregnancy is basically the same for frozen eggs as for fresh eggs.

If women have a stable partner but aren’t ready to have children yet, freezing embryos may be a better option. 95% of frozen embryos survive the freezing and thawing process, which is higher than the survival rate for frozen eggs. Frozen embryos can also be tested for gender, as well as conditions like Down syndrome, prior to being implanted in the woman.

3.What is the recommended diet for healthy fertility?

A diet rich in antioxidants helps maintain fertility. It’s recommended to eat five to six almonds and one to two walnuts every day. The Omega-3 fatty acids in these dry fruits help in building good hormones. Eat vegetables and foods that are rich in Vitamin E, such as tomatoes, which can reduce the body toxins. Avoid junk and fried food as they contain free radicals that damage your hormones. It can result in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which affects fertility.

Don’t Forget Sleep!

A good night’s sleep is part of the diet. Stress and insomnia have a direct impact on hormones and affect the ovaries.
Exercise regularly and eat healthy foods.

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