The Egg is the Largest Cell Type
The ovum, which is the egg cell, is actually the largest type of cell that exists in your body. Egg cells are usually 100 millionths of a meter in diameter, making them roughly the same size as a strand of hair. Egg cells are 4 times larger than skins cells and 20 times larger than sperm cells. They’re so large that you could, in theory, see them with the naked eye.
Frozen Eggs Work
Eggs that are frozen are not only effective when it comes to IVF: they can last a surprisingly long time. The cells remain as effective as if they were a fresh egg for years to come, so a 45-year-old woman could use an egg that she froze when she was 30, which is typically healthier and more likely to result in pregnancy. Once, a patient had a successful fertilization with an egg that was 25 years old!
You Have All the Eggs You’ll Ever Have
An average newborn baby girl is born with more than a million eggs inside of her. As time passes, that number decreases to around 300,000 during the adolescent years. Time keeps taking its toll, with the egg count of the average 30 year-old woman being 30,000. The body never produces new eggs after birth, so there is no way to create more eggs. Freezing your eggs at South Jersey Fertility Center is a great option to allow you to see how to use your eggs in the future.
Embryos Develop Quickly
Within 6 weeks of conception, an embryo will start to develop into what looks to be a little person. The heart will start pumping blood throughout the embryo, the beginnings of arms have grown, facial features are slowly appearing, and the spinal cord is starting its formation.
Knowing the Gender of an Embryo Takes a Little Longer
Even though embryos develop very quickly during IVF, they do not usually start showing any signs of gender until week 8. After the eighth week, we start to see gender specific characteristics emerging. The only way to know the sex of an embryo is to perform Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGS) prior to the embryo transfer.
Embryos Can Be Frozen, Too
Just as eggs can be frozen for future use, embryos can be frozen through a process known as cryopreservation. It is used on embryos larger than 6 cells. Although many embryos do not survive the process, there have been several successful births following cryopreservation.
Biopsies Do Not Harm Embryos
During the early parts of an embryo’s conception, their cells act as stem cells. This means that if they are slightly harmed during this time, the cells will regenerate and replace those missing. This only occurs during the first 6 days, so PDG biopsies on 8-cell or larger embryos are completely safe.
Fertility Isn’t Always Guaranteed
While 90% of couples trying to conceive do so within a year, 10% experience issues with fertility. Most couples are unsure as to whether it is the male or female who is having fertility troubles. Statistically, there is an equal chance as to which person would need to undergo fertility treatment. Getting fertility testing for both you and your partner could be the first step in fertility treatment for you.
Time Also Effects Men’s Fertility
For a long time, it was agreed upon that only fertility in women declined over time. However, a recent British study concluded that 8% of men below the age of 25 were affected by infertility, while this percentage was higher in men over the age of 35 (15%). This is important to keep in mind when contemplating fertility treatment.
Fertility Testing in New Jersey
If you or someone you know is having issues with conceiving, it may be time to consider fertility treatment. South Jersey Fertility Center offers some of the best comprehensive fertility testing and fertility treatment in New Jersey. We urge you to contact us to set up an appointment or to ask any questions you may have. Fertility can be a difficult thing to understand, so come speak to our experts for help.