Why and when should you freeze your eggs? Freezing eggs for a future pregnancy (and extending fertility) is a reliable option that women have now that was not present a decade ago.
While the egg freezing procedure is not a guarantee, it is an opportunity that can bring a sense of relief that one has planned for their family building at the same time as they are moving ahead in their career, education or other life goals. In other words? Freezing eggs can buy time.
At What Age Should Your Freeze Your Eggs?
Dr. Spencer Richlin, Surgical Director and board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) has this to say about age, “Preferably, if one can freeze eggs before the age of 35, that gives the greatest chance of a successful pregnancy when the person is ready to thaw and have those eggs fertilized.”
Dr. Richlin pointed to several large studies published supporting the claim that fertilization and pregnancy when using thawed occytes (eggs) are similar to that of a "fresh" IVF (in Vitro fertilization) and ICSI (Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection) cycle.
If a woman's AMH (anti Mullerian hormone) is high enough and their FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) is low enough, their chronological age becomes less a deciding factor on the efficacy of egg freezing, thawing and fertilization. As Dr. Richlin stated, his preference is for women to freeze eggs below the age of 35, because that gives the optimum chance of those eggs being healthy and chromosomally normal. It's important to note that women who are choosing to freeze eggs after 35 can also achieve successful pregnancies.
Why Freeze Your Eggs?
Ms. Lisa Schuman, (Oocyte Cryopreservation Chair of ASRM's Mental Health Professional Group) and Director of Mental Health at RMACT, wrote an extensive article for ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) using findings from her own and other's research regarding egg freezing, "We are just beginning to understand the needs, motivations and intentions of women considering oocyte cryopreservation for non medical reasons. Oocyte cryopreservation is increasing in popularity, and the need for research is critical as this new cohort of women continues to grow. Presently, the majority of women who elect to cryopreserve their oocytes believe the procedure is important to their emotional well being and can help sustain their hope of becoming mothers in the future. Whether these experiences or the population will change over time remains to be seen."
Egg freezing is one more significant tool for women to continue to control their reproductive lives and family building options. Like any other decision of this nature, seeking appropriate medical advice is essential for a successful outcome.
Dr. Richlin is available to discuss egg freezing and what it could mean for you. Give us a call or schedule a consultation.