In today’s fast-paced society, it’s all too common for women to ignore the tick-tock of their biological clocks. After all, there’s plenty of time for child rearing, right? Women have much to accomplish before having children: getting a college or master’s degree, finding Mr. or Ms. Right, traveling the world, starting a business, the list goes on. With so much faith in ourselves, it can be hard to face the reality that our bodies may not always do what we expect them to. If you have a long list of to-dos before adding a baby into the mix, you may want to think about freezing your eggs in the meantime.
Fertility is an issue few women wish to think about, but if it’s a topic you want to further explore, here’s a few reasons why freezing your eggs is worthwhile.
Younger eggs are healthier eggs.
Women may feel just as youthful and beautiful in their 30s and 40s as they did in their 20s. While that’s great for lessening societal pressures about aging, the unfortunate fact is that our eggs never got the memo. Eggs continue to age regardless of any body-positivity campaigns, and older eggs have a harder time resulting in successful pregnancies. Older eggs are also more prone to genetic or chromosomal abnormalities, which is why freezing eggs at their prime is a trend that is catching on. Women in their 20s and early 30s who freeze their eggs are preserving the very best of their baby-making stash.
It’s all about numbers.
Women are born with two million eggs at the start of their lives, so it’s quite shocking to find out how few eggs remain by the time one is trying to conceive. A 30-year-old woman only has about one-eighth of her eggs left; her fertility starts to steeply decline after age 35, to only a ten percent chance of achieving pregnancy naturally at age 40. By age 45 only a woman has only a one percent chance of conceiving using her own eggs.
Fertility treatments can definitely help, but only if you already have eggs to work with. Freezing your eggs now is a safeguard against potential fertility issues in the future.
So, what’s a woman to do if she’s just not ready, hasn’t found the right partner, or can’t commit to being a mom while achieving other goals?
Talk to friends. Discussions about freezing eggs are becoming less taboo and more of an empowering experience. More and more women are choosing to preserve their fertility while they are still young – you may even have a close friend who has gone through the process, and feels satisfied with her choice. Sharing your hopes and concerns with others who have gone through similar experiences is freeing and encouraging.
Get information about the clinic. If you choose to take charge of your reproductive life, you should research facilities and ask about their egg freezing, egg thawing, and pregnancy success rates. Find out if your preferred fertility clinic freezes eggs using vitrification – the gold standard in egg freezing!
Learn about the procedure. In order to harvest your eggs, you will take medications that encourage several eggs to become ready simultaneously for retrieval. Your doctor retrieves them from your ovaries while you are under anesthesia. Then, the eggs are frozen and stored for later use through in vitro fertilization.
Finally feel free. Feel free to lead life on your own terms! Whether that means letting romantic interests develop at their own pace, or pursuing advanced degrees (knowing the extra years put in won’t interfere with future motherhood) is up to you. Or, feel free to simply not think about becoming a mom until you want to. Regardless of how you celebrate, freezing your eggs is a fantastic solution to end women’s struggle between time and biology.
Momtrepreneur, fitness guru, and innovator, Noreen is the Founder of
Carpool Fitness and Director of Business Development for Frozen Egg Bank
Network. She strives to educate women about the need to become aware of their fertility
potential at a young age in order to help them take control of their