1. When should I freeze my eggs? Is there an egg freezing age limit?
Talking timelines, “the earlier the better” is the main message you’ll encounter online. And in terms of age limits, it has been suggested that 39 years may be the ‘last call’ to freeze your eggs for a successful outcome.
But, the ‘optimal’ time for egg freezing isn’t the same for everyone, so chatting through these questions with your fertility specialist is really important, especially if you’re feeling worried about your options when it comes to building your family. They’ll be able to factor in your current age and fertility profile and help you weigh up your own priorities as well as next steps together.
2. What technology and equipment does the lab use?
Ask your clinic whether they’re using the latest egg freezing tech. It might not be the first question that comes to mind, but it could massively benefit you.
Right now, Future Fertility’s VIOLET™ tech is at the cutting edge. It allows your fertility team to take pictures of all of your eggs once retrieved and uses the latest AI techniques to assess them for quality. You’ll receive a plain-english report with this info, along with a record of the number of eggs that you’ve frozen, a photograph of each egg, each egg’s probability of becoming a blastocyst (day 5 or 6 embryo), and – crucially – your chances of pregnancy success.
And, if your fertility team isn’t using this yet, it’s super easy to get started with. Jullin Fjeldstad, Head of Embryology & Scientific Operations at Future Fertility explains, “Fertility labs can easily integrate VIOLET™ into their egg freezing processes. Embryologists already are assessing freshly retrieved eggs under a microscope to determine maturation status, so by simply utilizing a camera attached to that microscope, they can capture images of each egg and upload them to our AI software for analysis.”
3. How many eggs should I freeze?
Whilst getting a straightforward answer from your fertility provider might feel like the natural first step, ask yourself this – What is the number that would make me feel comfortable about investing in egg freezing? Would I feel happy with a 50% chance of success, for my time and effort? Or would I be willing to undergo more freezing cycles to increase that chance to 75%?
Online egg calculators use generalized, age-based estimates to come up with a number for you, but, again, every individual is different. Futher, one egg won’t necessarily equal success, so your family goals and personal budget should be part of the picture here, too.
We know – this all sounds really hard to juggle, and of course, you’re wanting to throw everything you have into building your family. But pairing your expectations with your fertility team’s expert advice should help you feel like you’re making the most informed decisions pre-freezing.