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Three Things You Should Know: Egg Freezing
If you have delayed having children due to career, not finding the right partner or any other reason, you may be thinking about freezing your eggs to preserve your fertility. If so, there are three important things to know egg freezing (oocyte cryopreservation):
- Talk to a fertility doctor about egg freezing sooner rather than later. Many doctors say women are waiting until their late 30s to consider egg freezing as an option. Remember, a woman’s egg quality is at its peak between 16 to 28 years old and is still acceptable from age 29 to 38, but the quality diminishes from age 39 to 44.
- There have been more than 1,000 healthy babies born worldwide from egg freezing. While the American Society for Reproductive Medicine does not recommend egg freezing as a means to defer reproductive aging, newer freezing techniques are increasing the viability of the option.
- In the same manner as the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process, egg freezing involves fertility drugs to stimulate egg production and an egg retrieval procedure by a fertility doctor. The eggs are frozen and stored in liquid nitrogen at low temperatures. There is no cellular activity, and the eggs are not impacted by length of storage.