Contrary to popular belief, egg freezing isn’t just a backup plan or insurance policy for your fertility. There are many misconceptions about this fertility preservation option that Dr. Melvin Thornton of CT Fertility hears all the time. So he’s dispelling 5 more myths about egg freezing!
Egg Freezing Myth #1: Freezing eggs now could reduce your future fertility
Because egg freezing involves removing eggs from the body, many women mistakenly think the process decreases the number of eggs available for a future pregnancy. In fact, every month of ovulation, women lose multiple eggs—the mature one they release, plus others (about 10-20 eggs per month), which don’t make the cut. The eggs that are used for the procedure would’ve been eggs that you never use. Plus, it’s estimated that women actually can lose hundreds of eggs each month by the time they reach their late 20s.
During the egg freezing process, we use medication to ensure that multiple eggs develop and mature, preserving some of those otherwise “lost” eggs for you to use at a later time.
Egg Freezing Myth #2: Frozen eggs aren’t as effective “fresh” eggs when you’re older
This is a pretty common misconception about fertility preservation. But in the truth is, eggs frozen at age 30 and then thawed for fertilization later, can actually have a higher likelihood of leading to a healthy pregnancy than “fresh” eggs fertilized when you’re 40. Why? The most important factor when it comes to fertility is not your age, but the age of your eggs. By freezing your eggs, you could be your own egg donor later on when the time is right to build your family.
Egg Freezing Myth #3: Frozen eggs don’t last long anyway
For many patients, egg freezing can seem a little too good to be true. It’s a fairly common myth that frozen eggs will lose viability quickly. Of course, there’s always more research being done, but generally eggs will last as long as they’re stored at a constant, optimal temperature. This means, that most eggs will be fine after 5 years and even more than 10 years!
Egg Freezing Myth #4: Fertility preservation is only an option for wealthy women
While it’s true that the cost has prevented many women from taking advantage of fertility preservation technology in the past, at CT Fertility, our team is dedicated to making this an option for more women. Our financial advisors help with understanding your insurance coverage and payment plan options for fertility treatment.
Egg Freezing Myth #5: The procedure is dangerous
Ovarian stimulation and egg freezing doesn’t cause harm to women or your potential future offspring. Several studies have been conducted that show no evidence of increase in the risk of pregnancy complications, chromosomal anomalies, or birth defects when using frozen eggs (as compared to fresh ones).
Generally, side effects are uncommon with this outpatient procedure. You won’t miss several days of work after freezing your eggs and it is completely safe.
Egg freezing could be the right choice for a variety of reasons. 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. If you’d like to learn more about this option at CT Fertility, contact our clinic today for an appointment!