Goral Gandhi, a senior embryologist, and a director at Indo Nippon IVF, Bandra, Mumbai says, “If you are between the ages of 25 and 35, not in a stable relationship and you wish to increase your chances of conception with your own eggs in the future, Egg Freezing is a suitable option for you. This is also a good option for young women diagnosed with cancer, women with a family history of early menopause and those with chronic diseases where the medication may have a detrimental effect on oocyte function.”
Goral Gandhi has worked in establishing many successful assisted conception laboratories, and has also helped women make the empowering decision of freezing their eggs and become mothers to healthy babies when they were ready to start a family. Goral Gandhi is a pioneer in the Egg Freezing technique in the country. She has conducted over 100 workshops and trained over 300 embryologists in this technique. She is invited in all parts of the country to deliver lectures on ways to optimize the egg freezing process.
Talking on Egg Freezing Goral Gandhi says, “I take great pride
in helping to empower women to feel more in control of their bodies and lives with top line information on egg freezing and female fertility.” Goral Gandhi is confident that Egg Banking will improve chances of conception with a woman’s own eggs at a more advanced reproductive age.
“Women of different age brackets, such as the late 30s and early 40s are choosing to get their eggs frozen. Young women in their 20’s opting for egg freezing are also on a rise as they wish to reserve healthy eggs for a successful and planned pregnancy later. However, while thinking of egg freezing, you must bear in mind that fertility declines with age and the optimum time for egg freezing is before you turn 35. Chances of future pregnancy decrease drastically once you are over 40“says Dr Goral Gandhi.
Egg freezing is also a good option for women with a family history of early menopause. Apart from medical reasons, there are other reasons that may push women towards delaying motherhood. Many women delay family building while seeking a life partner and many others due to educational, career or economic considerations.You plan everything, so why not plan your pregnancy?” says Dr Goral Gandhi.
Egg retrieval is a minimally invasive procedure that takes place under anesthesia while you sleep comfortably. Depending on your response to the medications, more than one egg retrieval may be needed to provide a realistic chance of conception in the future. After the retrieval, your eggs will be cryopreserved and stored until you are ready to use them.
According to Dr Goral Gandhi, there is a small possibility that during egg retrieval no eggs are collected or the collected eggs are not mature and hence not suitable for freezing. It may also happen that none of the frozen eggs survive the thawing process, or they may not get fertilized in spite of successful thawing.
Age affects a woman’s reproductive ability more than any other factor. Therefore, with egg freezing, a woman can maintain the same chances of becoming pregnant as when the eggs were vitrified. It has proven to be an excellent method of fertility preservation in women.