Fertility Preservation Egg freezing and embryo freezing

Fertility preservation options for women include egg freezing and embryo freezing. These techniques preserve fertility when eggs are younger for future pregnancy.

We understand that egg count (the number of eggs women are born with –1 million) and egg quality declines with a woman’s age.

It is important to be well informed about your options. Monash IVF’s fertility team is here to support and inform you with fertility knowledge, answer your questions and provide you the necessary counselling through your decision making process.

Connect with our fertility team to begin the discussion about preserving your fertility: info.sg@monashivf.com or call us for an appointment +65 6723 7889

Considerations to Freeze Your Eggs

Elective egg freezing for the right time for you

Elective egg freezing or social egg freezing is a method to preserve and store a woman’s eggs for her reproductive future and to help her achieve pregnancy later.

Freezing one’s eggs, or social egg freezing, gives you options and enables reproductive choices on your terms. As part of the process and one difference between egg freezing and embryo freezing is that with the process to freeze one’s eggs (oocyte) the presence of sperm is not needed, and therefore, the presence of a partner is not required.

In Singapore, elective egg freezing is available (as of 2023) for women 21 years to 35 years of age, regardless of marital status.

  • The decision to freeze one’s egg is highly personal and unique to individual circumstances. Some reasons women may decide egg freezing is right for them could include:
      – Focusing on career and work priorities
      – Still looking for a life partner
      – Financial reasons
      – Undergoing IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization)

Egg Freezing for Medical Reasons

  • Women who are going through medical treatments such as chemotherapy or radiology, which may impact their fertility health and fertility organs, may want to consider freezing their eggs before medical treatment begins.
  • Women who may have a history to genetic conditions and who may be at risk for cancer, may opt to freeze their eggs.

Embryo Freezing

The fertility preservation technique for embryo freezing requires in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to create embryos and vitrification to freeze the embryos for future use. Unlike egg freezing, embryo freezing needs sperm (sperm from your partner). During IVF, the female patient’s eggs are retrieved from her ovaries and fertilized in the lab (with sperm) and then vitrified/frozen to achieve pregnancy later.

Explore your options with Monash IVF and find out what your next steps are for a successful, future pregnancy.