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Egg Freezing Over 40 - Is It Possible?

 

Egg-Freezing-B.jpgThe optimal age for a woman to freeze her eggs for optimal success rates and cost-effectiveness is between 32 and 36. Women considering freezing their eggs for the purpose of delaying family planning should do so between 30 and 40 – however – 40 is not the absolute upper age limit. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and egg cryopreservation technology gives today’s woman the ability to be biologically connected to her children in the future. Pregnancy success rates using a cryopreserved egg are comparable to success rates using a fresh egg.

Egg Freezing in 2017

The freezing of a woman’s eggs (oocytes) during her prime reproductive years has become increasingly more popular with women in the 21st century. Women are excited about preserving their future fertility through oocyte cryopreservation. The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) estimates that 76,000 women will freeze their eggs by 2018 – 15 times that of their counterparts in 2013.

Women no longer have to experience stress and anxiety when delaying motherhood. Egg freezing helps to circumvent a woman’s natural decline in ovarian reserve due to aging. Freezing at a younger age helps to put off motherhood until a woman is ready to start a family. Also, freezing young, healthy eggs helps to reduce the chances of miscarriage and Down syndrome rates.

Egg Freezing Trend

Major tech companies – Facebook and Apple – have been covering the cost of egg freezing as part of employment benefits since 2014. Egg freezing is increasingly being sought out by:

  • Women who are focused on their education and career opportunities
  • Women whose circumstances in life are not presently conducive to rearing children
  • Women who have not be able to find their life partner
  • Women who are undergoing IVF and are likely to produce excessive eggs, but have ethical or religious concerns over freezing embryos
  • Women who are facing cancer treatment – chemo or radiation – that could damage the quality of their eggs and/or destroy their ovarian function by sending them into premature menopause

Egg Freezing Process

The egg freezing process begins with the woman undergoing ovarian reserve testing.

  • Assessment of AMH levels in the blood (Anti-Mullerian hormone)
  • Clomid Challenge Test – Assessment of FSH levels in the blood
  • Ovarian Volume Assessment – Assessment of the size of the ovaries
  • Antral Follicle Count – Counting follicles seen via ultrasound to predict ovarian reserve

Egg freezing is accomplished through a fresh IVF cycle, stopping short of egg fertilization in vitro after surgical retrieval. Harvested eggs are cryopreserved using the new technique of vitrification – fast freezing eliminating damaging ice crystals from forming between cells. When she wants to get pregnant at some point in time in the future, the egg freezing process continues.

  • Her eggs are thawed and fertilized in vitro by injecting a single sperm cell into a single egg – Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
  • The resulting embryos are cultured in vitro for 5 days (blastocyst stage)
  • A predetermined number of quality embryos are transferred into the woman’s uterus for implantation into her uterine lining to achieve pregnancy

Egg Freezing Specialist

Preserve your future fertility through oocyte cryopreservation. The egg freezing specialists at New Hope Fertility NYC invites you to discover how you can achieve your future dream of having a baby by freezing your eggs in 2017.

It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience required to design a customized egg freezing plan meeting your specific personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with one of the world renowned fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility NYC, click the icon below – or – call 917.525.5496.

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