Are children from frozen eggs healthy?
If you are considering freezing your eggs and having children later in life, you may be wondering if children from frozen eggs are healthy. In this blog post we talk about egg freezing and what research has shown regarding the health of children born through egg freezing.
Children from frozen eggs
Egg freezing uses relatively new technologies and has not been practised for as long as traditional IVF. As a result, little is known about the long-term effects on children born from frozen eggs.
There is some evidence pointing to a higher rate of miscarriage in pregnancies from thawed eggs, however the small scale of these studies must be considered because there have only been roughly 2000 babies born from frozen eggs worldwide.
Egg Freezing Technology Advancements
The techniques used in egg freezing and thawing have been improving, resulting in higher success rates. For example, vitrification (a new fast freezing method) has been developed and is less likely to cause damage to eggs as they freeze. This increases success rates when the eggs are thawed (compared to the previous method of slow freezing). In 2017, fertilisation of patients’ own eggs was successful in 19% of cases.
Due to the rapid advancement of technologies used in egg-freezing, it is important to choose a clinic with staff that can keep up with scientific developments. Here at IVF London, we use our incredible technical expertise and state-of-the-art facilities to ensure that you get the best care possible.
If you are considering egg freezing, contact our clinical team who is happy to answer any questions.