Should you freeze your eggs?
by Dr. Susan Conway
To freeze or not to freeze. It’s a question we are hearing more often these days, especially as more and more women are post-poning pregnancy for personal reasons. Many women want more time to build their career before starting a family. Others are waiting for “Mr. Right,” or are just not ready yet for the commitment of time, money and energy associated with raising children.
Our Baton Rouge fertility center team helps women weigh the pros and cons of egg freezing, taking into account the cost of egg freezing, ovarian reserve and age and the desired timeline for starting family.
The Evolution of Egg Freezing
Elective egg freezing initially gained in popularity after the American Society for Reproductive Medicine removed the “experimental” label from the procedure in 2012, in part because a new quick-freeze vitrification method radically improved success rates. Before then, egg freezing was typically only offered to women prior to starting medical procedures, such as chemotherapy or pelvic surgery, which could interfere with future fertility.
Two years ago Apple and Facebook announced that their employee health plans would cover egg freezing. All of a sudden, the concept of fertility preservation became a hot topic in reproductive medicine and among women and couples facing decisions about their future fertility and family building.
So, understandably, there is much excitement in our fertility profession about the new technology of egg freezing, which essentially puts the biological clock on hold. A woman is born with all of the eggs she will ever have and her age is the #1 reason fertility declines. This new technology of egg freezing lets a woman avoid the mad scramble for a mate and is a viable option for any woman who wants to delay pregnancy for personal reasons.
While there is no guarantee for a successful outcome, knowing that her genetic materials are tucked safely away can bring peace of mind and the confidence to pursue your dreams now before fulfilling the dream of becoming a mother later.
Contact our Baton Rouge fertility center for a consultation with one of our board certified reproductive endocrinologists.