If your nearing age 35 but aren’t ready to start a family you may be wondering if you should freeze your eggs. Women are increasingly choosing to use egg freezing as a way to prepare to have children later in life.
Reasons for Egg Freezing
In today’s society, more and more women are starting their families later in life. In the past, it was common for women to start families in their late teens and early twenties. Many women today view the decision to become a parent differently. These women wish to start a family after they’ve:
- Become secure in their career and feel accomplished professionally
- Found the right person to be in a relationship with and build a family
- Travelled the world
- Spent time building the foundation of their marriage before having children
- Achieved their desired level of financial security
Improvements in Egg Freezing Technology
Until recently, freezing eggs for social reasons was not widely done. This is largely due to low survival rates using traditional freezing methods. The introduction of vitrification changed this. Vitrification is a cutting edge freezing method that has a success rate for the freezing and thawing process of 98 percent. This high success rate enables women to rely upon egg freezing to have high quality eggs available when they are ready to start a family.
The Best Time to Freeze Eggs
Because the quality of a woman’s eggs decreases after age 35, freezing eggs as soon as possible provides the best chance for success. However, women over age 35 are not excluded from freezing their eggs. A woman who freezes eggs at 37 is more likely to get pregnant using frozen eggs at age 40 than she would trying to conceive naturally.
If you’re wondering if you should freeze your eggs at this point, speaking with a fertility expert can help you begin a fertility plan for when you're ready to start a family. The team at New Hope Fertility Center can provide answers to your questions and can help you to understand all available choices. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you. You can also reach them at 212-517-7676. Thank You.