Freeze Your Eggs to Buy More Time?

Eggs on an ice cube tray

You may have heard of oocyte preservation, more commonly known as “egg freezing”, when the media reported on Apple’s and Facebook’s decisions to pay for these procedures as a benefit for their female employees. A relatively new procedure developed in the past ten years, this option is now increasingly “on the radar” of young women, and many have questions as to what the process involves and who should consider it.

It is becoming increasingly common for women to wait until they are in their thirties before having children. Some make this choice because they want to pursue their educations and establish their careers before starting a family. Others find that meeting the “right guy” takes a little longer than they might have imagined. While delaying having children can allow women more time and freedom before they become mothers, and give them more time to find the right partner, there are some challenges can come along with waiting until later in life to become pregnant. The most common of these potential issues involves the quantity and quality of women’s eggs. The eggs of a forty year-old woman are typically less “healthy” than those of a thirty year-old woman, which can make getting pregnant difficult and can also lead to an increased rate of birth defects.

Egg freezing is one way to preserve a woman’s eggs while they are still of good quality  - typically in her twenties and early thirties. The egg freezing procedure involves taking daily injections of drugs that cause a woman to develop many more mature eggs than she would produce during a typical cycle. A woman’s blood is drawn frequently during the cycle to monitor her response to the drugs. Finally, when the eggs are mature, they are removed from her body as a part of a procedure known as an “egg retrieval.” Healthy eggs are frozen, and kept “on ice” until she is ready to use them, when they are fertilized by her male partner’s sperm and then transferred back to her body. There are no guarantees that she will get pregnant, but using the youngest, healthiest eggs possible can help increase her chances of pregnancy later in life.

There are a few challenges that must be considered when a woman decides to freeze her eggs. Firstly, it is quite expensive - costing up to $20,000 per cycle. For this reason, companies such as Apple and Facebook who pay for this procedure may make it an option for women who might otherwise not be able to afford it.  For most women, however, this expense can be a major obstacle. Egg freezing is also a very time-consuming procedure. It involves many doctor visits and a minor, but still invasive, procedure. Finally, there are no guarantees that a woman will ultimately become pregnant using the eggs that she has frozen.

It is likely that egg freezing will become a more realistic choice for women in the future, especially if other companies join Apple and Facebook in paying for this option for their employees. In the meantime, women who plan to wait to have children – or who are waiting until they find a partner – may want to consider this choice if it makes sense financially. For some women, it may give them just a little extra “peace of mind” as they balance their educational, professional, relationship, and family-planning choices.

It is becoming increasingly common for women to wait until they are in their thirties before having children. Some make this choice because they want to pursue their educations and establish their careers before starting a family. Others find that meeting the “right guy” takes a little longer than they might have imagined. While delaying having children can allow women more time and freedom before they become mothers, and give them more time to find the right partner, there are some challenges can come along with waiting until later in life to become pregnant. The most common of these potential issues involves the quantity and quality of women’s eggs. The eggs of a forty year-old woman are typically less “healthy” than those of a thirty year-old woman, which can make getting pregnant difficult and can also lead to an increased rate of birth defects.

Egg freezing is one way to preserve a woman’s eggs while they are still of good quality  - typically in her twenties and early thirties. The egg freezing procedure involves taking daily injections of drugs that cause a woman to develop many more mature eggs than she would produce during a typical cycle. A woman’s blood is drawn frequently during the cycle to monitor her response to the drugs. Finally, when the eggs are mature, they are removed from her body as a part of a procedure known as an “egg retrieval.” Healthy eggs are frozen, and kept “on ice” until she is ready to use them, when they are fertilized by her male partner’s sperm and then transferred back to her body. There are no guarantees that she will get pregnant, but using the youngest, healthiest eggs possible can help increase her chances of pregnancy later in life.

There are a few challenges that must be considered when a woman decides to freeze her eggs. Firstly, it is quite expensive - costing up to $20,000 per cycle. For this reason, companies such as Apple and Facebook who pay for this procedure may make it an option for women who might otherwise not be able to afford it.  For most women, however, this expense can be a major obstacle. Egg freezing is also a very time-consuming procedure. It involves many doctor visits and a minor, but still invasive, procedure. Finally, there are no guarantees that a woman will ultimately become pregnant using the eggs that she has frozen.

It is likely that egg freezing will become a more realistic choice for women in the future, especially if other companies join Apple and Facebook in paying for this option for their employees. In the meantime, women who plan to wait to have children – or who are waiting until they find a partner – may want to consider this choice if it makes sense financially. For some women, it may give them just a little extra “peace of mind” as they balance their educational, professional, relationship, and family-planning choices.

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