By Maja Zecevic, PhD, MPH
There are 8 things you should know that will help you decide if to freeze your eggs.
At some point you may have asked yourself: “Should I freeze my eggs?
This might have been prompted by warnings from your mother about your “biological clock” quickly running out. Perhaps you’ve heard about a celebrity freezing her eggs so that she could continue her career during her prime time. Or maybe you have a friend who’s been talking about or has already frozen her eggs.
Your internet search has most likely taken you to fertility clinic websites that give the impression that freezing your eggs is a great option if, for example, you want or need to delay childbearing to pursue educational, career or other personal goals. Egg freezing, these websites promise, is an effective way for women to preserve their fertility.
Sadly, egg freezing is neither simple, straightforward, nor highly successful.
Eight things to consider from eggs to baby
Egg freezing may be the right choice for some women, but for many it is not.
Many women may not need to freeze their eggs because their body’s ability to have a baby is intact and appropriate for their age. To determine if you fall into that classification, you should be doing periodic fertility check ups. On the other hand, for the many women who are choosing to pursue parenthood later in life, egg freezing may be attempted too late in life, when few or no eggs are left to preserve. If you are a woman who is considering egg freezing, you should start by gathering a detailed medical history, and obtain at least one expert opinion from a reputable reproductive endocrinologist to be absolutely sure that egg freezing is an appropriate, beneficial, and medically adequate path to motherhood for you.
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