Women freeze their eggs for numerous reasons, but the most common are the desire to delay pregnancy and a recent cancer diagnosis.
If you think you are a good candidate for egg freezing, learn more about the process. Then, you can move forward with it.
When your body ages, your eggs age as well. They lose cellular integrity, so it becomes more and more difficult to conceive. As you move into your forties, it can become quite difficult to have a baby.
If you are in your 20s or 30s and know you want to have a child sometime in the future but you aren’t ready yet, it’s the perfect time to freeze your eggs. Your eggs are likely in good health and can lead to a viable pregnancy in the future. In fact, you can have great results with this procedure if you are 41 years of age or under.
While age is the primary factor that goes into determining when to freeze your eggs, it’s just one factor. Life circumstances are also a major reason women freeze their eggs. Women with health issues or demanding careers often freeze their eggs to give themselves some peace of mind. Once they freeze their eggs, they can focus on their careers or their health, all the while knowing
The egg freezing process isn’t as simple as freezing sperm or embryos, which is why it is so important to choose a reputable facility to handle the task for you. Eggs contain lots of water, and as you know, water turns to ice when frozen. The ice crystalizes and can actually destroy the egg. That’s why the eggs must first be dehydrated and the water must be replaced with a non-freezing agent.
It might sound complicated as far as the science goes, but it’s relatively simple from the patient’s standpoint. You’ll be given medication to stimulate your ovaries. Then, your doctor will perform a transvaginal oocyte retrieval to remove the eggs. That’s when the doctors perform all necessary duties to preserve the eggs.
One of the best parts of this procedure is that frozen eggs last forever. They do not age, so if you freeze your eggs at 30 and have a baby at 40, your child will be conceived with the eggs of a 30-year-old. This decreases the risk of age-related birth defects such as Down syndrome. It also increases your chances of carrying the baby to term.
Freezing your eggs today doesn’t mean you have to have a child tomorrow. It just gives you options that you wouldn’t have if you failed to freeze your eggs. Contact us for a free consultation so we can go over the process with you. Then, you can take the next steps if you wish to freeze your eggs with us.