Women diagnosed with cancer undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy to treat cancer. Before beginning the treatment, your doctor may refer you to the Best Infertility Specialist in Ahmedabad.
What Are the Steps of Therapeutic Egg Freezing?
The steps involved in therapeutic egg freezing are:
Consultation: Before beginning the egg-freezing process at the Best Egg Freezing Hospital in Gujarat, counselling of the patient is done and a screening blood test is advised like AMH (anti-Mullerian hormone) and viral markers (HIV, HBsAg, HCV, VDRL).
Stimulation: During a normal menstrual cycle, only one follicle is produced by the ovaries but we want to preserve as many eggs as possible. Ovaries are stimulated with injections to produce multiple eggs. These are used in conjunction with drugs like antagonists for the proper regulation of the cycle.
Follicular study: These scans are done regularly to assess follicular development. The size of the follicles indicates the degree of egg maturity, usually 10-15 follicles will develop in the ovaries during the standard stimulation protocol.
Egg retrieval: All the instructions before the oocytes retrieval or egg pickup will be given on the day woman receives the trigger injection. The trigger injection is usually given late evening or in the night to schedule the pickup in the morning around 34-36 hrs later. Aspiration of ovarian follicles under anaesthesia is done in OT adjacent to the IVF laboratory. This is done by the transvaginal ultrasound technique. For this procedure, a probe is inserted into the vagina and this projects a picture into a monitor which enables the doctor to direct a needle into each follicle to retrieve the eggs. The fluid-filled follicles are aspirated under slight suction in a test tube which is passed on to the embryologist.
Egg freezing: The embryologist locates the eggs and places them into culture media and then into the incubator. After the procedure, the women will have to rest in the hospital for 3-4 hours. It is a day-care procedure.