Answer from: Melvin H. Thornton, Associate Professor
It depends on how many eggs can be frozen in one cycle. It depends upon a woman’s egg reserve. And if she has a very good egg reserve, she’s going to be more responsive to the fertility drugs that we use to stimulate the eggs to grow. And with one cycle she may make about anywhere between 10 to 15 eggs. We don’t want to want to make too many eggs. But there’s a range so even young healthy women who want to go to fertility stimulation, on average, they’re going to take about 12 to 15, as you had older, become less responsive to the fertility drugs and make less number of eggs. So if I have a woman who is say 38, and she’s had five eggs retrieved, those may be very good, healthy five eggs. However, the number that she needs to get to they give herself a 50% chance of having one baby in the future should be closer to that 15 number. So she may have to undergo two or three cycles to get to that number that’s going to be beneficial for her in the future.
How many cycles do I need to freeze my eggs?
What is the ideal number of oocytes to be frozen? Can this number be achieved during one stimulation cycle or will I need more than one?