Five Benefits of the Egg Freezing Procedure
As women age, the quality and quantity of her eggs decrease. With more and more women putting off having children until later in life to pursue higher education and careers, egg freezing has become a popular topic of discussion. Regardless of your reason for egg freezing, it can give you the opportunity to have children when you are ready, no matter your age. At the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine in Omaha, NE, we can explain the many egg freezing benefits as well as the optimal time to do so.
1. Safe and Effective
The egg freezing process is safe and effective. Modern technology and techniques have significantly improved the process, reducing the potential risks involved. Thousands of women take advantage of egg freezing each year, and thousands of couples have healthy babies from previously frozen eggs.
2. Simple Procedure
Egg freezing is performed as an outpatient procedure, usually under conscious sedation to minimize any pain or discomfort. After stimulating egg production with hormones, the eggs are retrieved. You will immediately know the number of eggs retrieved, which we will then freeze for you to use at any time in the future with in vitro fertilization (IVF) or another fertility treatment.
3. High Success Rates
Fertility treatments with frozen eggs can be successful, even when used years later. To further increase your odds of success, we recommend freezing your eggs before turning 35, as egg quality and quantity sharply decline in the years that follow.
4. Pursue Your Dreams
Freezing your eggs early gives you ample time to pursue your dreams. Rather than putting your dreams on hold to raise a family, you can pursue your dreams now and start a family later. You can pursue advanced degrees such as a PhD, or focus on your career. Whether it is a few years from now or even a decade later, your eggs will be there when you are ready to have children.
5. No Racing Against a “Biological Clock”
Women are born with a finite number of eggs. An egg is released each month, and if not fertilized, is shed during a woman’s menstruation. As a result, the number of eggs decreases every month in women with regular periods. Peak fertility usually takes place during a woman’s 20s, after which the quality of the remaining eggs begins to decline, making conception more difficult.
By freezing your eggs early, you preserve higher quality eggs, which you can then use at a later time, even when most women’s fertility is on the decline. Whether you have yet to meet the right person to raise a family with or you have other goals to pursue, egg freezing gives you the ability to have children when the time is right for you.
Learn More about Egg Freezing
If you have questions about egg freezing or are interested in preserving your fertility through this procedure, contact our fertility experts at the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine.