Success story: Former Miss World Diana Hayden gives birth using 8-year-old frozen eggs
Former Miss World just became the poster girl of egg freezing in India. Here's what you need to know about the process
When former Miss World, Diana Hayden, gave birth to her daughter, it was no short of a medical success story. Arya Hayden was born from an egg that the 42-year-old beauty froze eight years back.
This success story is an inspiration to many Indian women who are still burdened by societal pressures of giving into the ticking biological clock.
Speaking to a leading media daily, Hayden says, “A career woman need not think about her biological clock and get pressurized into getting married earlier than she wants to or have a baby when she isn’t ready.” She is currently admitted in the Surya Mother and Child Hospital, Santacruz, Mumbai.
She added that she decided to freeze her eggs for two reasons. The first was to continue her career and the second was to fall in love, marry and then proceed to start a family.
Hayden first froze her eggs in 2005 when she was 32. She repeated the process with Dr Nandita Palshetkar, between October 2007 and March 2008, freezing close to 16 eggs.
However, she did reveal that egg freezing was a back-up plan since she was diagnosed with endometriosis (a medical condition that deterred her from becoming a mother) after she married her husband Collin Dick two years ago.
The couple decided to test Hayden’s eggs last year and once found viable, they went ahead with the pregnancy.
In opting for this procedure, Hayden joined the league of many Indian women who are now opting for frozen embryo transfer for lifestyle reasons and not medical conditions.
Let’s not forget that the process of egg freezing is fast gaining popularity with urban couples in India, given its cost-efficiency and a positive result graph.
Continue reading to know more about the process of egg freezing in India
How does the process of freezing and transferring eggs work in India?
Dr Shobha Gupta, medical director and IVF specialist at Mother’s Lap IVF Centre, Delhi, spoke to theIndusparent and explained its benefits, specifically for older women.
“Let’s say a couple has a baby through IVF and they decide to freeze some of the eggs for future use. When she returns in a few years for an frozen embryo transfer for her second baby, her ovaries and eggs will have aged and her fertility will have statistically decreased somewhat, but her frozen embryos are just as good cellularly as they were when she was younger,” she says.
Cost of the process
As far as cost is concerned, the process of freezing embryos costs between Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000. While the frozen embryo transfer cycle may cost anything between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000 for each cycle.
Dr Gupta adds that while at the age of 40, there is no guarantee that a woman will become pregnant even with IVF as her eggs are of far poorer quality. “On the other hand, if she freezes her eggs at the age of 30 and then has them re-inserted ten years later, the chances of a baby are three to five times greater,” Dr Gupta points out.
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