Many women today are waiting to have children. It has been reported that about 20% of women in the U.S. give birth to their first child after the age of 35. Despite this, it is important to note that age is a growing cause of fertility problems. It has been reported that about one-third of couples in which the woman is over 35 have fertility problems.12 Reasons for delayed childbearing, just like yours, may vary.
Perhaps you want to focus on building your career, or maybe you haven’t met your life partner yet, or are simply wondering if having a family is right for you. Whatever the case, if potentially having a baby someday is on your mind, now's the time to learn about the benefits and risks of delayed childbearing, and the facts about egg freezing for in vitro fertilization (IVF). Your doctor or fertility specialist can help educate you on your options.
Call Fertility Lifelines at 1-866-538-7879 to find a fertility specialist in your area.
12. WomensHealth.gov, Infertility Fact Sheet, July 2009
13. American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Fact Sheet. Can I freeze my eggs to use later if I’m not sick? 2014
14. American Cancer Society, Fertility and Women with Cancer, November 2013
15. WomensHealth.gov, Pregnancy: Infertility, September 2010
16. WomensHealth.gov, Early Menopause, September 2010