June 9, 2016

Why Are Women Choosing To Freeze Their Eggs?

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In today’s society, women often delay childbearing until later in their reproductive years. The reasons for this shift are complex, but are often related to social, educational, and economic factors. This trend toward delayed childbearing has resulted in an increased number of women seeking fertility treatment in their 30s and 40s.

Women have traditionally felt an extraordinary amount of pressure related to their “biologic clocks.” Women are often faced with the dilemma of having a child before they are truly ready or risking potential fertility issues in the future. These challenges are really unique to women, as men typically have a much broader reproductive window.

Historically, options for fertility preservation in women were not very successful and were largely considered experimental. Fortunately, recent advances in assisted reproductive technologies have changed the landscape dramatically. Finally, after decades of scientific research, women have a viable option to preserve their fertility until they are ready to have a child. With the help of advanced technology, women can now pause their biologic clocks by freezing their eggs.

In general, eggs from women under age 35 have the highest probability of ultimately resulting in a healthy pregnancy. That being said, many women did not have the opportunity to freeze eggs prior to age 35, and we would still encourage anyone 40 and under to schedule a consultation to discuss the process. Through a consultation and some preliminary testing, we can help to determine an individual woman’s probability of success with this technology.

So why are women choosing to freeze their eggs? Women are freezing their eggs because this technology has empowered us to take control of our reproductive futures. We are very proud of our egg freezing success at Fertility Centers of New England, where we have been freezing eggs since 2008. At $5500 per cycle, we offer one of the most cost-competitive programs in New England. For more information about fertility preservation or fertility in general, please contact us today!

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Beth Plante, M.D.

Beth Plante, M.D. Board-Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility