Many women hold the dream of becoming a mother and starting a family. Yet for many of them life’s circumstances, such as a focus on career, family obligations, finding the right partner, or the onset of a medical condition such as cancer, may delay starting a family.
A woman’s fertility is largely dependent on the quality of her eggs which declines around 30 and decreases at a significantly faster rate after she turns 35. While a woman is able to physically carry a pregnancy to term in her 40s, there is a very small chance that her eggs will be viable into her 40s.
Recurring miscarriages and birth defects, such as Down Syndrome, are often caused by poor quality eggs. The fact is diminished egg quality can significantly impact a woman’s fertility and her ability to conceive and deliver a healthy baby.
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Using an advanced technology known as vitrification, you can actually “pause your biological clock” by freezing and storing more “youthful” eggs. This is referred to as fertility preservation or oocyte (egg) preservation. It has been used for freezing donor eggs for couples to use because they don't have viable eggs of their own.
The best time for a woman to freeze her eggs is in her 20s and early-to-mid-30s because younger eggs freeze better and have higher odds of resulting in a healthy pregnancy. Women in their mid to late 30s often seek fertility preservation because they know infertility is around the corner. Since age has a big impact on fertility, the sooner a woman freezes her eggs, the greater her chances of having a healthy baby when she is ready to start her family.
A consultation with a fertility doctor is the first step when considering egg freezing for delaying pregnancy. Click here to make an appointment and find out if you are a good candidate for egg freezing.
Read Cosmopolitan Magazine article about egg freezing to delay pregnancy here.