If you are considering egg freezing to preserve your fertility, but you’re still not sure it’s right for you, ask these four questions: Why freeze my eggs now?; How many eggs should I freeze?; Should I freeze my eggs or should I freeze embryos?; What if I don’t use all my frozen eggs?
At what age, if a woman knows she wants to have children but isn't quite ready, should she consider egg freezing? To get some answers to some basic questions about egg freezing, I spoke to Dr. Shahin Ghadir.
Written in Partnership with Dr. Brooke Hodes-Wertz, NYU Fertility Center
It is not uncommon to hear your doctor talk about “egg quality”. If you have frozen your eggs, you have likely heard that egg quality decreases with age and varies from person to person. When we characterize eggs as “good”, we usually are referring to the number of chromosomes the egg contains. As a woman gets older, her eggs have a harder time maintaining the correct number of chromosomes when combining with sperm. However, even in young, healthy women, all of the eggs they make are not necessarily “good” (i.e., chromosomally normal). So, how can you be reassured that you froze some “good” eggs?
Today, egg freezing is not only an option for those with a medical need, but also for those looking to egg freezing for social reasons. In addition, egg freezing offers an option to women who have produced extra eggs for an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle but don’t want to destroy or donate their unused eggs to research.