Find out who should freeze eggs
Women often come to our Austin egg freezing experts with questions about who should freeze eggs. Fertility preservation in the form of egg freezing can give a woman the freedom and flexibility to become a mother when she’s ready. Our physicians also recommend the procedure to women who are preparing to undergo medical procedures, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, that could damage their reproductive potential.
Women in the following situations may benefit from fertility preservation.
Women who want to delay childbearing for any reason. From waiting for the right partner to focusing on education or your career, egg freezing may be right for you if you know you want to be a mother someday, but not today. Because female fertility declines with age, preserving your eggs while you’re in your 20s or 30s can increase your chances of pregnancy when you want to have a baby later.
Women who are at-risk for early menopause. If you have a family history of early menopause (before age 40), egg freezing may help you beat your biological clock by preserving your eggs when you are still young.
Women who are facing fertility-damaging medical treatments. Fertility preservation is a viable option for women who are preparing to undergo chemotherapy for cancer treatments (oncofertility) or chronic medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn’s disease. It is also beneficial for women who need to have surgery to remove their ovaries. Egg freezing before these procedures can save some of your eggs so that you can use them later.
Age matters for fertility preservation
Our Austin egg freezing specialists urge women to consider freezing their eggs in their 20s or 30s because egg quality and quantity decrease with age. Not only does a woman have fewer eggs in her 40s than she does in her 20s or 30s, those eggs are also more likely to produce chromosomally abnormal embryos. Freezing your eggs at a younger age gives you a better chance for a successful pregnancy in the future.
Contact us if you would like to schedule an appointment to learn more about egg freezing.