Egg freezing for social reasons. Egg freezing for medical reasons. Egg freezing for egg donation. This is all possible due to advancement in egg freezing technology. Vitrification, a flash freezing process, which has become available in the past few years, is enabling women to preserve their fertility, and in the case of egg donation use frozen eggs from egg donors.
Contribute more to IRA? Check. Look for less expensive car insurance? Check. Get more organized? Check. Freeze my eggs? Consider it.
In today's society, at least one in five women waits to begin their families until after age 35. In theory, this is a smart choice — women are typically mature at age 35; they are likely to be established in their careers; and they have had time to find the right partner and strengthen their partnership.
The problem is, if you are thinking of waiting until after 35, your eggs will be more mature, too. And older eggs simply don't make it easy to become a parent. Infertility rates are higher, as are the rates of miscarriage and recurrent miscarriage. So if you are putting off childbirth for career reasons, or you haven't found the right partner, or you simply don't feel ready for parenting, egg freezing (oocyte cryopreservation) may be one investment you should explore.
I married later in life, became pregnant in my late 30’s and learned when I was 37 that I would not be able to have my own biological children due to my poor egg quality. Ultimately, my husband and I had three boys in one year thanks to an anonymous egg donor cycle and private domestic adoption.
The obvious question is, “Do I wish I would have frozen my eggs when I was younger so that I my children could all share my DNA? The short answer is, “No and Yes.” The yeses may surprise you.
Your first step is to locate a fertility clinic or reproductive endocrinologist experienced in egg freezing. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer or another disease in which the treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, or medication) harms ovarian function, discuss oocyte cryopreservation with your doctor or oncologist. She or he should be able to refer you for a ‘fast track’ egg freezing and connect you to a reputable cryopreservation clinic.
Egg freezing for fertility preservation is rapidly becoming more main stream and is now becoming an important option outside of the cancer setting. With live birth rates that are essentially the same as fresh eggs, freezing eggs may make sense for any woman who, for whatever reason, medical or social, cannot have a baby right now. This is exciting, cutting-edge technology, but there are other, very simple things you can do right now to preserve your fertility and maintain reproductive health.
Article sponsored by Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc. May 19, 2014
Each year in the U.S., about 70,000 adolescents and young adults (ages 15-39) are diagnosed with cancer. However, recent treatment advances have dramatically increased the survivorship for many types of cancers. This means that cancer patients need not only consider how best to treat their cancer, but also how to optimize their quality of life after treatment. For many cancer survivors, this may mean the ability to have or expand a family. Being educated about the impact of cancer treatment on fertility and understanding the available options to preserve fertility can be empowering and provide a sense of control over one’s future quality of life.