The process of freezing eggs is something many women, in fact in their thousands, have been opting for to give them more control over when they reproduce. This technique involves a reproductive endocrinologist removing eggs from a woman’s ovaries and freezing them and then storing them in a lab. Although there are risks with any medical procedure, not least of all a cutting0edge process like this, if you’ve been thinking about freezing your eggs for a later date, we’ve put together a guide to some of the main benefits of doing so.
We Only Have a Finite Supply of Eggs
It’s true, we only produce a limited number of eggs and as we get older, that number decreases steadily. Generally, the most favourable time for egg production is in a woman’s early 20s. Freezing eggs ensures that you have some in storage that can be used even when your own current production rate has decreased.
The Quality of Eggs Decreases With Age
As we get older, it’s not just the quantity of eggs we produce that decreases, but also the quality of eggs. Just as the chances of successfully conceiving reduces with each and every month of your life, the chances of producing eggs with abnormalities at a chromosomal level increases along with the chances of miscarriage. By freezing eggs, you have the chance to protect the health of eggs you currently have, while increases the likelihood you will conceive through IVF at a later date, when you are ready to have children.
More Than Just a Store of Frozen Eggs
Many women feel the pressure to beat the so-called biological clock and have children. When you freeze your healthy eggs though, you alleviate that pressure, knowing you will be able to use them at a later date when you are ready.
Egg Freezing Has Improved Over the Years
This is not a new process – to freeze, thaw then inseminate and implant eggs. It’s been around for many years, but as with all technology, it has advanced, and specialists have perfected the process. While it’s not a guarantee, we are now at a stage where it’s more successful than it’s ever been in the past. There is also some thought among experts to suggest that using frozen eggs for IVF is more likely to produce positive results than fresh eggs that have not been frozen beforehand.
If you’re serious about having children at a later date in life, then the choice of freezing eggs is a sound one and gives you the best chance of success.
You can still Maintain Career and Life Goals With a View to Becoming a Mother When You Want
The problem many modern women face is that they want to use their more youthful years to pursue career and life goals. If you are still young and want to be a mother, but later in life, you can still live the life you want by freezing eggs, with the hope of having children when you’re more prepared to settle down.