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A woman’s fertility is age dependant

Date : 04-03-2015

It’s long been known that a woman’s fertility is dependent on her age – a fact women are constantly reminded of by media headlines and tabloid stories about ‘biological clocks’.

But while it’s true that the eggs of a 30-year-old woman are much more likely to lead to successful conception than those of a woman a decade older, recent scientific and technological advances now allow for female fertility to be preserved until a later date.

Women are able to have their eggs cryopreserved (frozen) and stored to help them have children in the future, at a time when they perhaps feel their situation is more appropriate.

Cryo-storing your eggs at an early reproductive age can help you maximise your chances of a future pregnancy if you experience fertility problems in the future.

But how is egg cryopreservation done and what does it involve?

The egg is the largest cell in the human body, and therefore arguably the most difficult to freeze and thaw.

Fortunately, we have a  technique called 'vitrification', which literally means 'turning to glass'.

The vitrification process involves dehydrating the eggs to remove as much water as possible and then rapidly plunging the eggs into liquid nitrogen at almost  -200 degrees Celsius.

The introduction of vitrification has led to significant improvements in survival and pregnancy results. Today at CARE Fertility, around 90 per cent of eggs undergoing this technique survive the process, with a high proportion of these capable of undergoing fertilisation.

It all means that women now have more options than ever when it comes to their fertility.

If you are thinking about preserving your eggs and would like further information, call your nearest CARE Fertility clinic. You may find it useful to talk to one of our trained counsellors about the issues involved. 

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