A growing number of women are turning to egg freezing in order to preserve their fertility. Once thought of as a way to help women receiving cancer treatment, egg freezing is growing in popularity for social reasons.
History of Fertility Preservation
In the past, fertility preservation was given as an option for women who were undergoing chemotherapy which can negatively impact a woman’s eggs. Harvesting eggs prior to treatment and freezing them allowed these women to have healthy eggs after radiation and chemotherapy. Due to the freezing method used, eggs had a 55 percent survival rate for the freezing and thawing process.
Today’s Fertility Preservation
The introduction of vitrification as a way to freeze and preserve eggs has dramatically improved the survival rate to 98 percent for the freezing and thawing process. This has opened fertility preservation to women who are delaying parenthood for social reasons. Social reasons include:
- Having not yet met a partner that a woman wants to have children yet
- Wanting to pursue a career and find success in their professional before having a family
- Wishing to achieve personal goals such as travel before starting a family
- Not feeling prepared or ready for the responsibility of being a parent
- Not feeling financially stable
- Not feeling in control of one’s life
Simply stated, many women today wish to feel full and complete in their lives before starting a family. For some women that means getting an advanced degree, some want to travel the world and others are waiting for the ideal relationship before starting a family. These women wish to focus on their personal goals prior to having children so they can give their families their best.
Age for Fertility Preservation
A woman’s eggs begin to decline in quality after age 35. Ideally, a woman should freeze her eggs as early as possible. However, there is no age cut off. Using eggs that were harvested at 36 has a better chance for success than trying to conceive naturally at 39.
To receive additional information on egg freezing and fertility preservation, contact the fertility experts at New Hope Fertility Center today. Their use of the state of the art freezing method of vitrification allows them to help women start their families once they are ready. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.