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How Important Is It for You To Conceive With Your Own Eggs?

A blog by Dr. Sonya Kashyap, Genesis Fertility Centre, September 18, 2014

On a scale of 1-10, how important is it for you to one day conceive with your own eggs?

This is a question I ask my patients frequently. It is not uncommon for women and couples to be uncertain about their desires to conceive, or to have a timeline. And there are, of course, many options for building a family. There is no doubt that for most women, trying to conceive sooner or egg freezing at a younger age will be associated with higher success rates but these are not the right options for everyone.

If you answered 8-10, you feel strongly about conceiving with your own eggs.
If you are a young woman, under age 35, egg freezing is a good option provided your age and ovarian reserve allows for it. But as soon as you are ready, you should not delay in trying to start a family. Egg freezing is not a guarantee.

If you are over the age of 35, you should consult a fertility doctor, to determine your ovarian reserve and your chances of conceiving with your own eggs to help formulate a plan consistent with your goals.

If you answered 6-7, you are pretty sure using your own eggs is important to you.
Explore what your options are now, and what they will be down the road. Depending on your age, you may want to look into fertility preservation with egg freezing now.'

If you answered 5, using your own eggs may or may not be a priority.
You may opt for fertility preservation now or you may decide to wait and choose from the options available (assisted reproductive technology such as IVF, egg donation, adoption) when you are ready.

If you answered 1-4, using your own eggs to have a baby might be less important if it proves to be difficult.
If your ovarian reserve is low at the time you’re ready to have a child or other obstacles present, you may decide to proceed with assisted reproductive technology or you may consider donor egg or adoption as an alternative. In this case, freezing your eggs and/ or accelerating your path to having a family may not be the most important option for you.

There are so many options these days. For young women, egg freezing is revolutionizing their ability to take charge of their fertility until they are emotionally, vocationally, financially and relationship ready. However, it is not a guarantee.

Sometimes patients are faced with unexpected information that the journey may be much more difficult than expected. Very often those who were uncertain become certain and clarity materializes out of the possibility it may not happen or may be more challenging than expected. Other times the obstacles faced confirm that is not the journey they want to take.

One thing is for sure: knowledge is power. These days, women have options to obtain this knowledge in the form of ovarian reserve testing and other fertility testing. Then you can sort through your viable options and make the right choice for you.

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