Dr. Sherman Silber from The Infertility Center of St. Louis discusses fertility preservation through ovary freezing. Ovary freezing is used with cancer patients however women who want to put off child baring can also use this as a way to preserve their fertility.
Dr. John Couvaras from IVF Phoenix discusses what the best age is for a woman to freeze her eggs. Since women are born with all the eggs she will ever have and they start to decline in her late 20's, freezing eggs is a great way to preserve fertility.
More than 13,000 women under 40 are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the United States. When a young woman receives a breast cancer diagnosis, one of the last things she may be thinking of is her future ability to have children. But it is an important consideration when making treatment decisions and consulting with physicians. Many breast cancer treatments can have a major impact on fertility.
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.