Harvesting Eggs After Hysterectomy

Olga Pysana
August 12 2022

You may encounter a difficult health situation when your uterus must be removed. This surgery results in the loss of the ability to give birth to the child in a natural way. Fortunately enough, advanced reproductive technologies and surrogacy, in particular, can give you the healing hope of realizing a dream about a growing family.

The notion of hysterectomy

Hysterectomy is a special gynecological procedure to remove one’s female uterus. After such a medical decision the woman cannot get pregnant and will no longer have periods. 

The beneficial role of hysterectomy lies in the ability to treat diseases related to the women’s reproductive system. Hysterectomy is needed when the female faces such health problems as:

  • fibroids;
  • endometriosis and the opposite problem ― adenomyosis;
  • cancer of female reproductive organs;
  • heavy periods;
  • excessive bleeding after child delivery (in that case, emergency hysteroscopy is applied).

There are also several types of hysterectomy, taking into account the degree of the severity of your health issue.

  • The most common operation is total hysterectomy ― when the whole uterus and cervix are removed;
  • subtotal hysterectomy ― when only the uterus or its upper part is removed without touching the cervix;
  • radical hysterectomy ― when the entire uterus, uterine tissue, the cervix, fallopian tubes, and part of a vagina are removed.

What are the disadvantages of hysterectomy?

Without any doubt, hysterectomy leaves its impact on women’s daily life. First and foremost, this surgical procedure takes away the opportunity to get pregnant and experience the delightful gift of motherhood. It often leads to depression, especially when the woman is of child-bearing age.

Alongside uterus removal, younger women can also have their ovaries removed too. This means that the female will experience all features of menopause at that rate, which can be both physically and mentally pressing.

More than that, hysterectomy may lead to other negative implications such as raising the possibility of heart disease as well as osteoporosis.

Harvesting eggs after hysterectomy: is it possible?

The crucial moment to note is as long as your ovaries aren’t removed and stay in place, they will further produce eggs. Thus, there is a possibility of egg retrieval after a hysterectomy, although the eggs may be used only for your own IVF cycle, not as an act of egg donation. Of course, a series of medical examinations will be conducted to monitor ovarian volume and hormone levels and based on the results the expert will schedule egg stimulation, retrieval, and fertilization procedure.

However, if the ovaries are due for removal within hysterectomy, it’s highly advisable to preserve eggs prior to the surgery. There are a couple of options for harvesting eggs:

  • the eggs can be retrieved and frozen without sperm fertilization;
  • the eggs can be fertilized with either donor’s semen sample or your partner’s one. The resulted embryos can be frozen and further used for gestational surrogacy.

Has anyone ever had a baby after a hysterectomy?

This is a popular concern among women who underwent hysterectomy and don’t want to give up on their dreams of receiving a child. The good news is that YES, a lot of women managed to experience motherhood after hysterectomy with the help of surrogacy services.

Advanced IVF procedure, egg donation, gestational surrogacy ― all these technologies make it possible for willing females to get their genetically linked baby. 

World Center of Baby also can help you to effectively resolve the infertility issue gained after a hysterectomy and with the help of proper guidance and professional backup reach the family of your dream! Make the first step toward your heartfelt wish ― complete a brief form and our coordinator will get in touch with you.

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