Egg Freezing: Knowing Your Options Before It’s Too Late
Four common questions about infertility
“You feel empowered by the fact that you were able to give yourself an opportunity to not have to worry about your biological clock,” expressed Dancing With the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff as she shared plans of becoming a mom by freezing her eggs during her appearance on Good Morning America yesterday. Unlike men, who are able to produce new sperm throughout their life, a woman’s eggs begin to age early, eventually diminishing at menopause. Because of this, more women are seeking infertility specialists. If you’re considering, here are four common questions you should know the answers to:
Question #1: At what age should you start thinking about freezing your eggs?
Answer: Younger eggs freeze better and have a higher chance of surviving the freezing process, so in your 20s and 30s is best.
Question #2: Will you run out of eggs earlier if you freeze them now?
Answer: No. You are actually saving your eggs.
Question #3: How long are frozen eggs good for?
Answer: Unfortunately, there isn’t an accurate answer just yet, but there have been several cases of eggs that have been frozen for 20 plus years that were still in perfect condition. Flash-freezing instead of slowly freezing eggs has also improved the success rate.
Question #4.: Are babies born through in-vitro fertilization just as healthy as other babies?
Answer: Absolutely! However, some studies have shown a slight increase in birth defects or health problems in IVF babies. Babies born “naturally” show a 6.6 risk of having birth defects versus 9% of the IVF babies.
If you’re considering freezing your eggs, it’s important to do the research and meet with fertility specialists in order to find out if this is the right procedure for you.