Egg freezing, which is also known as oocyte cryopreservation, is a strategy some women use to preserve their fertility. You can freeze your eggs at any point during your childbearing years. However, some ages may be better than others when it comes to egg freezing.
What Is Egg Freezing?
Egg freezing is a procedure that involves stimulating the ovaries to produce multiple mature eggs. Once the eggs have matured, the doctor harvests them, freezes them and stores them until they are needed.
About Age and Fertility
A woman’s fertility is strongly linked to her age. The quality and quantity of eggs begin to decline when a woman is around the age of 30. Once a woman is in her late 30s, the decline of her fertility accelerates. After the age of 40, the chances of conceiving without medical intervention drop dramatically. Even with medical intervention, conceiving may not be possible.
It is easiest to get pregnant naturally and carry to term when a woman is in her 20s and 30s. However, some women are not ready to have a family at this time. In such cases, they may consider freezing their eggs. Women may also consider freezing their eggs if they are going to undergo certain medical procedures that can damage fertility, such as cancer treatments.
When Should I Freeze My Eggs?
In general, it is best to freeze your eggs as soon as you know you want to. However, you can typically freeze eggs any time during your 20s and 30s.
If you want to learn more about egg freezing, please contact New York Reproductive Wellness.