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Egg Freezing: Because You're Just Not Ready to Settle Down
October 19, 2012
Like many 30-something-year-olds, you may be feeling the societal pressure to start a family, but maybe you're just not ready to settle down. Before you start compiling a list note-worthy accomplishments to ward off mother as she begs you for grandchildren, hear this: there is an option for you!
Egg Freezing, or oocyte cryopreservation, has upped its game over the last few years and is becoming a more largely available and highly successful way for women in their mid to late 30s to preserve their fertility until the time is right.
Tampa fertility doctor, Sandy Goodman, M.D., of the Reproductive Medicine Group assures us that egg freezing yields highly successful results- much more in recent years. “The technology for successful egg freezing has vastly improved within the past few years to the point now that the use of cryopreserved eggs is approaching the success rates of those using fresh eggs in terms of achieving fertilization and embryo implantation. As such, for women who are not married and wish to preserve their fertility, egg freezing is now an important option that should be considered”.
What It Involves
To freeze your eggs, you’ll start off by meeting with a fertility doctor. This physician with more advanced reproductive health training, will prescribe fertility drugs to stimulate your ovaries to produce follicles. Once you have produced the desired number of follicles, the doctor will set you up for an egg retrieval, similar to an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle. This is an outpatient procedure, so you don’t have to worry about an extended stay or recovery. Rather than using the eggs to achieve pregnancy now, they will frozen for future use.
At that time, your partner’s sperm will be collected and prepared for intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in which one sperm is injected into each thawed egg to form embryos.
Why Fertility Preservation is Important
It is important to keep in mind that as we get older, our fertility declines. The longer we hit snooze on our biological clock, the lower our chances for success will be, particularly as we approach our 40s. Goodman says: “Currently, women who are ages 34-40 who are concerned about the effect of age on their egg health but are not in a position to become pregnant in the near future may consider freezing some their eggs to reduce the inevitable effects of the biological clock on their future fertility chances”.
What Egg Freezing Costs
You should talk to a fertility doctor to determine the costs of egg freezing. Typically, these costs are similar to the costs of IVF, but you should factor in the costs of egg freezing and storage as well. Dr. Goodman also reminds us that since egg freezing is a newer technology, there are no long term studies on pregnancy and birth outcomes.
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