Egg Freezing Success Rates
Egg freezing is a proven solution for women who wish to take an active part in family planning. Egg freezing allows women to preserve their eggs while they are young and healthy, so that they don’t have to worry about their ovarian reserve when they are ready to become a parent.
Egg freezing success rates are high, but many women who come to our Lubbock, TX, fertility clinic want to know how likely it is they will become pregnant when using frozen eggs. Infertility treatment significantly increases the chance of conception, but nothing is guaranteed. The Centre for Reproductive Medicine would like to discuss IVF success rates with frozen eggs, and the factors that can influence their treatment outcome.
Frozen Egg Quality and Quantity
Generally, women who freeze their eggs can expect to have a pretty high chance of conceiving a child when they use those eggs for fertility treatment. However, there are many factors that affect each patient’s specific success rates, which we discuss as part of the consultation process at our Lubbock fertility clinic. Most importantly, frozen egg success rates depend on the age of the patient at the time the eggs are frozen and the number of eggs that are frozen.
Every woman is born with the number of eggs that she will produce throughout her lifetime. Once she starts menstruation, those eggs begin to develop and release each month. Over time, the number of eggs diminish, as does their quality.
Ideal Age for Egg Freezing
A woman’s ovarian reserve is strongest when she is in the most fertile stage of her life, which is generally in her 20s and early 30s. If a woman undergoes egg freezing before the age of 35, she is likely to produce and collect multiple eggs, most of which should be healthy and mature. After 35, a woman’s ovarian reserve diminishes, so fewer eggs are likely to be collected during an egg freezing treatment, and they may not be of as high a quality.
Thus, the younger a woman is when she undergoes egg freezing, the more likely that she will ultimately conceive using those eggs. Many fertility specialists estimate that a woman who collects and freezes 20 eggs before the age of 35 is about 70 to 80 percent likely to conceive using one of those eggs.
Additional Fertility Treatment Success Factors
While the quality and quantity of frozen eggs have the biggest impact on the ultimate success of fertility treatment, there are other issues to consider. Additional factors that can affect the success of IVF with frozen eggs include:
- The woman’s age at the time of treatment
- Uterine health/environment
- The age of the sperm donor
- The quality of the sperm
- Whether any fertility issues are present
- Lifestyle habits (for example, drinking and smoking can decrease fertility treatment success rates)
Are Frozen Eggs Less Effective Than Fresh Eggs?
Although we cannot guarantee our Lubbock patients that an IVF procedure will be a success, we can assure them that frozen eggs have been found to be nearly equally successful as fresh eggs in fertility treatment.
That is to say, if a 35-year-old woman undergoes IVF using eggs that were frozen when she was 25, she should be nearly as likely to conceive as if she had undergone the treatment using fresh eggs when she was 25. This assumes all other factors are the same.
Learn More About Egg Freezing
If you’d like to learn more about egg freezing and the likelihood of fertility treatment success, the specialists at The Centre for Reproductive Medicine can provide you with personalized information based on your unique circumstances. Send us a message online at your earliest convenience, or call (806) 788-1212 to schedule a consultation.