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Do You Feel the Pressure of Your Biological Clock?

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Do you dream of one day having a family but just aren’t quite ready yet? In today’s day and age, women have options available to them that generations before did not. We have the chance to:

  • Get a great education
  • Find our dream job
  • And search for the perfect romantic partner

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While having choices definitely has its perks and an incredible array of opportunities, it doesn’t come without sacrifice. The age that many women are having their first child is now older than ever before. Sadly, however, by the time many of us are ready to take the next step and start a family, time has weakened the viability of our eggs and some of us will become one of the one in eight couples that struggles to conceive.

Infertility is a devastating reality for more people than you’d like to believe. There are no words to describe the heartbreak of wishing for a child you may never have the opportunity to carry and bring into this world.

Imagine for a moment, though, if you could capture your youthful fertility for future use. Simply press pause on your biological clock until the time is right for you to start a family.

Egg freezing now makes this possible. This advanced technology essentially captures your time, locking in your fertility from the day that you decide to freeze your eggs. This amazing opportunity extends your childbearing years and eliminates the pressure of trying to balance your relationships, career, and ability to have children.

If you think you want to experience motherhood down the road, you should consider learning more about the process and how much it costs to freeze your eggs. There is no time like the present to take control of your biological clock.

Why Freeze Your Eggs?

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Your age considerably impacts your fertility. As you get older, the quantity and quality of your eggs begins to decline, reducing your chances of having a healthy pregnancy. You are most fertile during your twenties, followed by your early thirties.

But what if you are not ready to start a family in your twenties, or even your thirties? There are several reasons why women may need to delay motherhood:

  • Waiting for the Right Romantic Partner. The primary reason women freeze their eggs is because they don’t yet have a partner to share their life with. They may find comfort in freezing their eggs so that dating is not so stressful. They can focus less on their fertility and more on finding the perfect match.
  • Focusing on Career Goals. Another reason why women freeze their eggs is because they have something they want to accomplish before having children, such as finishing school, or reaching career goals. By freezing their eggs, they can wait until the timing is better for them.
  • Dealing with Medical Challenges. Unfortunately, some women face an early cancer diagnosis during their most fertile years. These young women fear losing the ability to have children since chemotherapy and radiation can affect fertility. They now have the option to freeze their eggs before cancer treatment begins.

No matter what your reason is, the choice to freeze your eggs, can provide you an often necessary commodity…time. Just keep in mind, the sooner you make this decision, the better chance you will have for a healthy pregnancy later on.

How It Works

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The entire process of having a baby with your own frozen eggs involves two phases. During the first phase, you eggs will be retrieved for the freezing process. You will receive hormone injections that stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs. During this time, which usually lasts five to 10 days, you will have regular ultrasounds to monitor egg growth in your ovaries. After about two weeks, the eggs are retrieved during a brief procedure and are then taken to the lab to be frozen and stored safely for future use.

Revolutionary advances in reproductive technology have made the success of these frozen eggs greater than ever before. A process known as vitrification exposes the eggs to vital cryoprotectants before flash-freezing them. This technique eliminates the possibility of ice crystal formation which can weaken the egg’s cellular structure.

The second phase mimics a traditional IVF transfer, but takes place at a later date when you decide the time is right to start a family. First, you will take medications, including estrogen and progesterone, to prepare the endometrial lining of your uterus for implantation. When you are ready, your fertility clinic will thaw your eggs and fertilize with your partner’s sperm. The embryologist will select the most viable embryo(s), and then the doctor will transfer them into your uterus by inserting a thin tube called a catheter through your cervix. Within two weeks, you will know the result of your pregnancy test.

Egg Freezing: A Medical Process that Gives You Options

The advanced technological process of freezing your eggs is about more than just a medical procedure. It is your opportunity to take control of your reproductive future. If the pressure to have children at an early age becomes all-consuming, why not think about taking control and planning for the future?

Have you ever considered having your eggs frozen or wanted to know more about the process?

Resources: Resolve, PBS, Frozen Egg Bank Network

All images courtesy of Frozen Egg Bank Network.