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.
Let me start by saying, I am not an outwardly emotional person. I float through emotions quite often during the day (some refer to that as moody) but seldom do I act on those emotions. With that being said, if you are a single woman, egg freezing is not for the faint at heart.
Egg Freezing in California is becoming more popular. More and more women are choosing to take control of their fertility health and they’re doing it with egg freezing, as Dr. Andy Huang, a California fertility doctor with Reproductive Partners Medical Group explains.
If you know you eventually want to have a child, but the time isn’t right for it now, you may want to consider freezing your eggs. Egg freezing is a fertility-preserving option that has grown in popularity recently for a number of reasons. Some women choose to freeze their eggs for social reasons—such as if you haven’t yet found the right partner or still have educational or career goals you’d like to attain—while others freeze for medical reasons.
The egg freezing process can take a toll on you physically and emotionally. While some would argue the emotional effect is more important than the physical, the physical aspect cannot be ignored. Prior to my freezing cycle, I scoured the Internet looking for articles where women honed in on their experience: how the body felt, affects on work/social life, any physical scarring, etc. Sadly, the outcome was slim. For this reason, I want to take a moment to recap my experience.
A study presented this week at the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) and American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) joint conference examined motivations behind fertility preservation; what drives women to freeze their eggs (an elective procedure)?