Technology for harvesting, freezing and storing eggs has advanced in recent years. Is it something you should consider? Are you a good candidate? Freezing your eggs can give you options from extending your reproductive lifespan to protecting your eggs from diseases or treatments. While woman of any age can freeze their eggs, the highest success rates tend to be between the ages of 25 and 35, so the earlier you decide, the better.
Here are some common reasons a woman may freeze her eggs:
Postponing childbearing for personal or professional reasons
Some women have educational or work-related goals they wish to achieve before starting a family. But it can often take women into their mid-to-late thirties to reach these objectives. Unfortunately, biology hasn’t kept up with modern lifestyles. Right around the time a woman decides she’s ready to have a baby, she may find it’s too late.
Or perhaps she doesn’t have a partner and wishes to freeze eggs until she is in a relationship. She may just want to keep her options open to have a baby on her own when she was ready.
Protecting her eggs from harm
There are a variety of illnesses, conditions and medications that can make eggs non-viable, including cancer and the drugs and procedures used to treat it. Some medications have side effects that can harm a woman’s eggs. By freezing her eggs before undergoing treatment or beginning a course of medication, she may be able have children later, either on her own or with a surrogate.
Dealing with physical issues that preclude pregnancy
A woman can have perfectly healthy eggs, but have other conditions that prevent her from carrying a pregnancy to term. She may not have a uterus or fallopian tubes. She could have an incompetent cervix or a history of unexplained miscarriage. By freezing her eggs, she can create a family when she is ready by working with a surrogate.
The procedure to freeze eggs is involved and can be expensive. You’ll work with a reproductive endocrinologist who will prescribe medications to prepare your ovaries to release your eggs and undergo a procedure to harvest them. The entire process to harvest the eggs, including fertility medication and the extraction process, can cost $10,000 or more. Storing the eggs can cost close to $1,000 per year.
It’s important you have a support system in place to take you through the entire process. You’ll need an understanding employer or a good bank of vacation days so you won’t have to worry about your job when you should be taking care of yourself. It’s also good to have a friend who can accompany to your appointments or offer an understanding ear. Sure, you can do it all yourself, but it’s nice if you don’t have to.
Lastly, it’s essential to have experts you can trust to answer any questions that you may have. The caring professionals at Egg Donor Solutions and Surrogate Solutions would be happy to answer any questions that may arise. Contact us today to discuss your options.