Backup plan. Failsafe. Insurance policy. All terms that have been used to, not inaccurately, describe egg freezing. As with anything, there are a lot of fallacies associated with the procedure. Dr. Melvin Thornton has heard many of the egg freezing misconceptions. It’s important to note that women choose to freeze their eggs for a variety of reasons and, for many, it’s a valuable and worthwhile step to help preserve their fertility. While egg freezing doesn’t guarantee a future family, it’s another option women who delay childbearing have to improve their odds of ultimately having a baby.
Here we clear up the top five misconceptions about egg freezing below.
Egg Freezing is Experimental
Egg freezing has been used for decades, and is well past the experimental stage. At one time, back when it was relatively new and data related to egg freezing was minimal, women who froze their eggs had to do so under an experimental protocol. That time has passed and egg freezing – thanks to the effectual rapid-freezing method called vitrification – has been shown to be a safe, effective way to help women delay pregnancy until the time is right for them.
Egg Freezing Works at Any Age
While there’s no rule that says you can’t freeze your eggs any time, it’s recommended that you do so before the age of 35. Fertility declines as we age, so your chance of becoming pregnant is greater if you freeze your eggs when they’re “younger.” The younger the eggs, the healthier they are.
Freezing Your Eggs is Invasive & Takes a Lot of Time
It’s not as simple as a routine physical, but it’s not nearly as time-consuming or invasive as you may have heard. A relatively easy process, it begins with birth control pills to “quiet” the ovaries. Then medication is used to stimulate the ovaries for about 10 days. Next, an approximately 20-minute procedure is done to retrieve the eggs while the patient is under mild anesthesia; the retrieved eggs are frozen for future use. The entire process takes about two weeks from beginning to end. Time well spent for the peace of mind it provides.
Egg Freezing = Guaranteed Pregnancy
There are no guarantees in life, and certainly no guarantees when it comes to something as complicated as fertility. Several things have to happen when it’s time to actually use those frozen eggs. The eggs need to survive the thaw, successfully fertilize and implant and, if all goes according to plan, result in a bundle of joy. It’s impossible to predict the outcome, but freezing your eggs is one step you can take to help preserve your fertility and plan for your future.
Only Successful Career Women Freeze Their Eggs
Big myth. All kinds of women choose to freeze their eggs for all kinds of reasons. While many focus on education and careers, others are forced to delay childbearing due to illness. Many others simply haven’t found the right partner during their prime childbearing years. There’s no right or wrong reason to freeze your eggs. Fortunately, recent advances in medicine and technology now allow women the potential to delay pregnancy until the “right time” for them, whether that means the right partner, the right point in their career, or even the right state of health.
Many women say that just knowing they can take active steps to increase their chance of having a genetically related, healthy child at an older age is a huge stress reliever. If you think you egg freezing may be right for you make an appointment at CT Fertility in Trumbull, CT or at our Manhattan fertility to meet with a specialist.