Fertility, Egg Freezing, and You


freeze eggs?

It is important to learn all you can in order to make an
informed decision. That's especially true for women who
may want to start a family in the future. Only you and
your doctor can determine if
egg freezing is right for you.

Why Freeze Eggs?

There are many reasons why women consider freezing their eggs. Some are planned choices while others may reflect the unexpected hiccups that happen in life. Here are just a couple of those reasons...

More and more women are waiting to have children.

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.13 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.

Medical issues that may affect fertility.

Women that have a medical condition affecting their fertility may choose to freeze their eggs. Cancer treatments like chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation can damage or destroy eggs;14 therefore, some women may elect to freeze their eggs prior to treatment. Medical conditions such as primary ovarian insufficiency15 or early menopause16 can also affect egg production and fertility as a woman ages. For these women, egg freezing might be an option for fertility preservation.

Whatever the reason for deciding to freeze eggs, there is no guarantee that the process will result in being able to have a healthy baby. A fertility specialist, known as a Reproductive Endocrinologist or RE, can best evaluate a person's chance for success. A thorough assessment of a woman's reproductive health by a Reproductive Endocrinologist is essential before considering egg freezing.

Call Fertility Lifelines at 1-866-538-7879 to find a fertility specialist in your area.

How egg freezing works

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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