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Egg freezing for fertility preservation is no longer experimental. Instead, it is gradually becoming commonplace, as more and more women choose to freeze their eggs.
Women are making this decision for many reasons. Some may want to focus on education or building their careers before getting into motherhood, others are doing it due to illnesses that must first be treated before they can carry a pregnancy, and some are simply hoping to postpone the process for another reason.
Whatever your reason might be, this is an extremely sensitive issue, and it is important to consult an expert so that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.
How Age Affects Fertility
While it is true that pregnancy can take a toll on a woman's body, because of healthier lifestyles and an increase in preventative medical care as well as advanced medical technology, more and more women are able to carry pregnancies safely even into middle age.
However, although you may be healthy and fit enough to carry a pregnancy in your 40s, your fertility (and egg quality) may not remain optimal, no matter how well you take care of yourself.
You are born with a limited number of eggs, which continues to decrease with time. Your fertility and ability to conceive without assistance, will generally start to decrease in your late 20s and after age 30 your egg quality and reproductive health begin to decline rapidly.
By the age of 40, your chances of getting pregnant without assistance may only be about five percent.
Why You Might Consider Freezing Your Eggs
Age is not the only factor that can cause the quality and quantity of your eggs to decrease. Other factors that can cause your fertility to drop, making it necessary for you to freeze your eggs include:
- Radiation and chemotherapy treatments
- Gender diversity treatments
- Autoimmune disorders
- Sickle cell anemia
By freezing your eggs, you can effectively preserve them for future use and give yourself a better chance of successfully having a baby using your own eggs later in your life.
When Is the Best Time to Freeze Your Eggs?
Generally, fertility experts advise women to freeze their eggs in their mid 20s to early 30s. However, if you have an illness that can negatively affect the quantity and quality of your eggs, you can consider freezing your eggs sooner. Every woman's situation is different; therefore, you need to work closely with your doctor to determine the best time to freeze your eggs.
The Bottom Line
If you are in your late 20s or early 30s, but you are not ready for motherhood, egg freezing is an option to consider gifting to yourself.