One simple truth from someone who knows: your eggs will never be younger than they are right now. That's a phrase that Spencer Richlin, MD, uses when discussing some of the why's of egg freezing.
So what? What's this got to do with me?
Family building and fertility concerns may not be on your mind yet. You've got education plans & travel dreams and are nowhere near ready to settle down with the responsibility of a family. In fact, you might be ambivalent about ever having children.
What is the take away message for you?
Know Your Options: Be Informed About Your Own Fertility
Does one of these describe you? You're young. You don't want children. You're not sure you want children. You think you have plenty of time. Your mother got pregnant on her own at 39. You're waiting for the right partner to come along.
We understand that you may not want to think about family building now. Here are few reasons why you may want to do it anyway.
- Be proactive: Just as you plan your career or your education, plan your family. You may not be sure about children, but hedge your bets and at least find out what it would mean for your future if you change your mind.
- More information is better: There's a non-invasive way of discovering your family building potential: get your AMH testing done. AMH (anti-Müllerian hormone) is measured in blood taken on any day of your reproductive cycle. You can be menstruating or between periods or, if you have PCOS & not had a period for many months, your AMH can still be measured accurately. It's simple. It's inexpensive. In fact, it can be free! (PS If you are a teacher, AMH testing is free all summer long.)
- Listen: Dr. Richlin understands family building very well. He knows we women stay young, strong and vibrant for decades past our reproductive systems. Our reproductive systems, in fact, mature much faster than our hearts, lungs or any other system in our body. He also is THE person who can give you other facts—like when you are most likely to get the best possible results in freezing your eggs and what happens in your body that you cannot know any other way except with testing.
- What you don't know can come back and bite you: Is egg freezing something you would be wise to consider? Only one way to find out—listen in on the free egg freezing webinar. You can be anywhere to attend and Dr. Richlin explains the scientific processes and probabilities thoroughly and sympathetically. He also answers questions!
A Few Family Building Facts
If you wait until you are over 35 to freeze eggs, it's probable that it will take two cycles to medically stimulate and retrieve the number of eggs necessary to freeze. If you are under 35, very often it will only take one stimulation and retrieval cycle. This could be a deciding factor in when to freeze eggs.
There is a precipitous drop in our fertility at 35 years old. Many of us know that. Do you know that the first noticeable decline is at 25?
If you do not menstruate regularly (every 24–42 days, give or take a few), you may have an even more urgent reason to address family building sooner rather than later.
None of us want to have them. And while addressing your family building may initially lead to some anxiety, getting reliable & factual information can offer more relief than you can even know. None of us want to be too late to the party and discover that we've completely missed an opportunity that we might have chosen had we just, simply known.