When to Freeze Eggs

It’s common to have questions about when to freeze eggs

When you’re considering fertility preservation, our Austin fertility specialists know you will have many questions. For example, after you decide that fertility preservation is right for you, you are likely wondering about the best time to freeze eggs. Our Austin egg freezing specialists have the information you need to answer this question.

How to decide when to freeze eggs: Your age

Deciding when to freeze eggs should be influenced by your age. Our Austin egg freezing specialists recommend that you freeze your eggs in your 20s or early 30s, your prime reproductive years, when your egg quantity and egg quality is best. By freezing your eggs during this 10- to 15-year time period, you will end up with more and higher-quality eggs after your egg retrieval, increasing your odds of pregnancy later.

Female fertility declines with age, because you are born with all of the eggs you will ever have. Both egg quality and quantity decrease over time. After the age of 35, your eggs are more likely to produce embryos with chromosomal abnormalities, which can lead to miscarriage and birth defects. Additionally, by the time you turn 40, your chance of conceiving naturally each month is only 5%. However, despite these facts, you still may be a candidate for egg freezing if you are 35 or older, depending on your ovarian reserve and function.

Other factors to consider

Our Austin egg freezing specialists also recommend that you consider factors other than age when you want to freeze your eggs. One of the most important is your actual reproductive potential. Some women experience a decline in ovarian function at a younger age and should consider freezing their eggs more quickly. In contrast, other women may not experience this decline until later than expected, potentially giving them more time to freeze their eggs.

To help you gain a clearer picture of your egg supply and ovarian function, you should visit Texas Fertility Center for diagnostic testing. Our fertility specialists will order blood tests to assess your levels of important hormones, such as antimullerian hormone and follicle stimulating hormone. They will also perform a transvaginal ultrasound to count the number of egg-containing follicles in your ovaries.

Your test results will provide critical information that can help you determine if you should move forward with egg freezing right away or if you can afford to delay it until the time is right for you.

Contact us to schedule an appointment with an experienced and compassionate egg freezing specialist. We can help you decide if you are a good candidate for egg freezing and explain your next steps.