Part #1: The Basics & Benefits
The news of Janet Jackson’s pregnancy at 50 has many women across the world excited and optimistic about getting pregnancy even if they are older.
According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, a woman’s fertility will begin to decrease after the age of 32 and even more rapidly after age of 37. This decline is because older eggs are not as easily fertilised. However, a woman’s odds may increase if she uses her own eggs, frozen when she was young.
As a result, many women are planning for the future and giving themselves more options by freezing their eggs while there are still young.
What is egg freezing?
Egg freezing is the process of removing a woman’s eggs from her ovaries, freezing and ultimately storing them in an egg bank.
Egg freezing allows a woman to have a baby whenever she is ready.
What are the benefits?
1. Preserve your eggs
As you get older, the number of eggs produced decreases, lowering the chances of pregnancy. Freezing your eggs allows you to have a higher chance of pregnancy later in life
2. Better pregnancy outcomes
As a natural consequence of aging, the quality of your eggs will decline, increasing the chances of chromosomal abnormalities and miscarriages. Freezing your eggs early allows you to maintain the quality of your eggs, increasing the chances of having a successful pregnancy later in life.
3. Allows you to focus on other goals before becoming a mother
The pressure of settling down and beating the biological clock is felt by many working women. Freezing your eggs gives you the option to focus on things that are more important right now, while leaving the option of having a baby in the future
Can egg freezing be done in Singapore?
In Singapore, egg freezing is only allowed on medical grounds under two circumstances:
- Cancer patients who need to undergo chemotherapy or radiotherapy
- Married couples who are undergoing in-vitro fertilisation (IVF)
Social egg freezing for single or even married women is currently not legal in Singapore. Moreover, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)andpre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) are not permitted in Singapore.
As a result, a growing number of Singaporean women are opting to go to Thailand, Australia or even Spain to have their eggs frozen; with many choosing Malaysia as a near and viable option.
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In our next post, we will discuss about the process of egg freezing.
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