Is Egg Freezing Right for Me?April 12, 2017
There isn’t one simple reason why women choose to freeze their eggs. Reasons for egg freezing can vary widely, including medical, social or other personal motivations.
Fortunately, as fertility preservation becomes more prevalent across a wider female age range, more women can at least learn about and consider egg freezing as an option, instead of finding out about it after it’s too late.
Why egg freezing is used
When a woman is born, she is born with all the eggs she will have for her entire life. This number diminishes from one million to around 300,000 by the time women reach puberty, and one egg (sometimes more) is released during each monthly menstrual cycle. This all means that the number of eggs each woman has decreases as she ages. Additionally, the quality of eggs also decreases over time. By the time a woman turns 35, the time spent trying to conceive before seeking care from a fertility specialist changes from one year to six months because there’s less time to spare before treatment may be ineffective.
Of course, this does not mean that women older than 35 cannot conceive naturally or that treatment is not possible after 35, it just means that patients need to take any fertility concerns seriously and address them quickly.
With this timeline in mind, some women may be ideal candidates for egg freezing in order to extend their fertility. They may not even realize that the procedure is an option.
A woman may be a good candidate for egg freezing if one of the below scenarios applies:
• She hasn’t found the right partner to build a family
• She wants to complete career or other personal goals before having a baby
• She simply wishes to start a family later in life
• She was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure (POF), known as “early menopause”
• She recently received a cancer diagnosis
Last thoughts on egg freezing
Unfortunately, the concept of egg freezing can be misconstrued, with some assuming that the entire procedure only exists to frighten women and cause undue stress about their fertility and the time they “have left” to build their family. At Fertility Solutions, we believe that the procedure best serves women as an opportunity to build a family on their terms, but one that she alone decides whether to utilize. Egg freezing should not be taken lightly, which is why discussing concerns and family planning goals with a fertility specialist is always advised.