For women, the best time to have a baby doesn’t always match up with the easiest time to have one. In the past, this meant that women faced difficult decisions between career and family. It also meant that women were under pressure to find the perfect partner early in life if they wanted to have a chance of building a family. Now, thanks to advances in medical technology, fertility specialists can help women freeze their eggs when they are at their most fertile so they can be used later, when the time is right for motherhood. Is this the right option for you? Here is what you need to know.
Several factors go into deciding whether you are a good candidate for egg freezing. One of the most important is age. Women in their 20s tend to have healthier eggs than women in their late 30s. Later, when it is time to use the eggs, the eggs taken at a younger age are more likely to be successfully fertilized. Other considerations include financial issues and reasons for considering egg freezing. Your fertility doctor can help you balance all of the concerns and decide if egg freezing is right for you.
The first step in egg freezing is to undergo controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH). During this process, your fertility doctor will prescribe fertility drugs to both stimulate egg development and control the timing of ovulation. Next, your eggs will be harvested. Harvesting is performed under light anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Lastly, vitrification, or rapid-freezing, of the eggs is completed. The eggs can remain frozen for long periods of time (years). When you are ready to become pregnant, the eggs will be thawed and used for other fertility treatments.
Explore your options for egg freezing and other fertility treatments by making an appointment with New York Fertility Services. Our warm, welcoming doctors and staff offer IVF, IUI, surrogacy, and treatment for underlying issues that could be causing infertility. Call our New York office today at (888) 551-6492 to learn more.
Join us at our next Egg Freezing Seminar on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014. Reserve your seat now!