Social egg freezing: What is it? And should you consider it?

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Social freezing, also known as egg freezing, is a medical procedure that involves harvesting a woman's eggs, preserving them at a low temperature, and storing them for later use. In this article you can learn about the basics of social egg freezing.  

What is social egg freezing? 

The purpose of social freezing is to give women the ability to delay childbearing until a time in their lives when they feel more ready, either for personal or professional reasons.

Before we get into it, it is important to note that social egg freezing is not a guarantee of future fertility and that there is no guarantee that the eggs will survive the thawing and fertilisation process or result in a healthy pregnancy.

Social egg freezing is becoming increasingly popular as a way for women to take control of their reproductive options and plan for their future. 

It is difficult to determine the exact number of women who are using social freezing today. There is no global data on the number of women who have undergone egg freezing, and the data that does exist is often limited to specific regions or countries.

In general, the number of women who are choosing to freeze their eggs is thought to be growing, particularly among those who are delaying motherhood for personal or professional reasons. However, the cost of the procedure, as well as the lack of insurance coverage for it in many places, can still make it difficult for some women to access.

What is the process of social freezing?

To do social freezing, you have to go through a normal IVF treatment but ending at egg extraction. The process of social freezing typically involves administering hormones to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs, which are then retrieved through a minor surgical procedure.

The eggs are then frozen using a method called vitrification, which involves rapidly freezing the eggs in liquid nitrogen. Once the eggs are frozen...

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