To women who are considering freezing their eggs or simply curious about the process, this informative Q&A with entertainment anchor Gretchen Fullido and OB-Gynecologist and fertility specialist Dr. Gia Pastorfide is a helpful guide.
In this 10-minute clip by Victory ART Laboratory, a pioneer In Vitro Fertilization laboratory in the Philippines, Dr. Gia answered common questions about egg freezing, also known as "oocyte cryopreservation, in which a woman's eggs are extracted, frozen, and stored so as to preserve reproductive potential in women of reproductive age."* (In layman's terms, a medical technique that enables woman to postpone pregnancy to a later date.)
According to Dr. Gia, it's advisable for women to freeze their eggs in their late 20s or early 30s "because when you're younger, you have better quality eggs."
"Higher quantity and better quality. And you also require less medications when you're being treated when you're younger," she added.
As for the process, Dr. Gia said they start on the second day of a patient's period. For a total of 10-12 days, the said patient will receive daily injections for "artificial hormones that will make their ovary produce many follicles that contain the eggs".
"After those 10-12 days of injections, 36 hours later, we'll be harvesting your eggs in an outpatient procedure. So you're not confined in the hospital. We'll do it for 30 minutes, and then you can go home [after]," she explained.
She went on, "On the day of your harvest, you might have to take a day off, just for one day. Because we'll be giving you anesthesia, you might be groggy after the procedure. We advise you to go home and get some rest. But then tomorrow you can go back to work as per usual."
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She said the procedure has a ballpark of P300,000 for patients in their late 20s or early 30s.
"However, when you get older, of course, you'll be consuming more medication, so the price would have to go higher because it needs more medication to stimulate the ovary to produce that much eggs," she added.
Aside from this, Dr. Gia also discussed the dos and don'ts before, during, and after the procedure.