Haven’t met the right partner, or not ready to have a baby on your own? Focused on your career right now? Just not ready to be a mom? Perfectly understandable. But if baby-making is on your future to-do list, and you could get information about your current fertility, or preserve your future fertility, wouldn’t it make sense to look into it? That’s where AMH testing – info on your current fertility, and egg freezing – preserving your future fertility, come in.
Written in partnership with HRC Fertility, August 6, 2015
If you’re considering freezing your eggs, you probably have a lot of questions. Here’s your opportunity to get answers from Mickey S. Coffler, M.D., a fertility doctor with HRC Fertility, who has offices in Oceanside and Newport Beach, CA.
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.
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.
A blog by Denise Steele, November 6, 2014
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. <!--break-->
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.
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?