Egg freezing: The options you deserve

There’s no denying the growing trend of women having children later in life. There are numerous reasons why women are currently opting to wait, but waiting may also lead to serious consequences. One way to minimize these issues is to consider freezing your eggs so you have options – instead of deadlines.
Why women postpone having children
Part of why women are choosing to have children later in life has to do with today’s culture. More and more women are encouraged to go to college, get an education, and enter the workforce. Thankfully, many women take advantage of this. However, the lack of childcare options and maternity/paternity leave offered by most companies can be discouraging, and women often feel forced to choose between advancing their career and raising a family. If a woman chooses to do both, she may fear being labelled a “part-time” mother, which can lead to feelings of inadequacy.
There are also many personal reasons that affect the decision of when to raise a family. Many women want to know they can provide financially for their children and raise them in a safe environment. Furthermore, there is the challenge of finding the right partner – not only to share their life with, but also someone who has similar desires in regards to children.
Combine these reasons with the fact that birth control is more accessible and affordable than ever, and postponing pregnancy becomes very easy.
Unfortunately, the drawbacks to waiting to start your family are the inherent risks associated with pregnancy and birth for a woman in her 40’s and 50’s.
How does it work?
If you are interested in having your eggs frozen, the first thing to do is to meet with a reproductive endocrinologist to discuss your medical history and future goals. The next step is going through a few simple tests to check your hormones and, ultimately, get an idea of your egg reserve.
Next, you would begin injections of hormones to help your body produce and release the maximum amount of eggs on a planned date. There will be doctor office check-ups along the way to ensure all is going according to plan.
On the day of retrieval, you will be put under anaesthesia to make the process more comfortable. Afterward, you may feel sore or experience cramping and spotting – this is completely normal. The doctor will inform you that day how many eggs they were able to procure, and then let you know how many were suitable for freezing.
A cryoprotectant shields eggs from damage during freezing, which is done by submerging the eggs in liquid nitrogen. There is no evidence that the length of time eggs are frozen plays a role in whether or not they will be viable later. Most scientists believe eggs can be stored indefinitely with no ill side effects.
What are the benefits?
The obvious benefit to freezing your eggs is preserving your fertility for future prospects. Due to the many pressures women face and decisions that must be made when confronting the idea of having children, many find comfort in knowing they don’t have to take unnecessary risks – for themselves and their children – in postponing pregnancy. Freezing their eggs gives them the opportunity to find the right partner, become comfortable in a stable career, and achieve any other life goals they have. Most importantly, women have the option to experience motherhood when the time is right.
When deciding whether egg freezing is an option you would like to explore, it is important to educate yourself as thoroughly as possible. While the benefits (besides preserving your eggs for future use) are numerous, there are other issues addressed here that you should take into account when making your decision.
A multitude of things can take precedence in a woman’s life before starting a family, as women today consider all the options afforded to them concerning education, career, and lifestyle. Sometimes, it may not feel like having children fits into their lives when their biological clocks say it should. By having the option to freeze their eggs, they give themselves the freedom to make other important life choices, and even prepare for having a family – without the clock running out.

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