Our expert says:
Preservation of eggs or oocytes through a process called vitrification is possible. This involves stimulation with injections and getting the ovaries to produce a number of eggs which are then retrieved trans vaginally or through the vagina. However, once these eggs have been obtained it can then be frozen for future use. The success of thawing or fertilizing these eggs remains debatable and depends on the experience and expertise of the individual fertility centre. Some institutions have a pregnancy rate of 20%-25% has been reported per embryo transfer following virtrification and thawing. In other centres pregnancy rates have been extremely poor and the overall expected conception rate would be between 10%-15% using this procedure. However there is a substantial difference between oocytes or egg freezing and embryo freezing. If you are already married and your partner feels the same you can produce embryos and freeze these embryos rather than just freezing eggs. Frozen embryo pregnancy rates are approximately that of fresh embryos and in your situation, it would be in the region of 40%-60%. In the interim I would strongly advise you to have a thorough gynaecological check up; through a LAPAROSCOPY procedure to determine what extent of damage has already been caused through infection or other conditions so as to have a better perspective on your future fertility.
Answered by: Dr M.I.Cassim
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