What about freezing my eggs when I am young? Will that guarantee a baby later when I am older
The answer to this question is easy and unfortunately is NO. Nothing we can do in life can guarantee future success.
Like going to business school doesn’t guarantee your future rise to commercial success, freezing eggs cannot guarantee you a baby.
However, like is other areas of like, proactive reproductive planning, which for many women may involve freezing their eggs, is the best pathway to set yourself up for the highest probability of future success.
Not all egg freezers are equal. Here’s how to provide yourself with the best resource possible, should you need fertility help as you age.
Our peak fertility happens in our teens and continues into our 20’s. Fertility decline because of age starts around 30 and speeds up radically at 35.
Frozen eggs are a resource. Like any resource you want to bank, freezing eggs of high quality will yield better results (more babies).
Think of your eggs like buying a share. A good quality share will increase in value for you over time (young healthy eggs).
Freezing eggs when you are older is like banking shares with lower potential value. They may come through for you in the future or they may not.
Eggs are what they are. Biologically there are many steps in making a baby and many eggs will fail. That’s right: many healthy young perfect eggs will make mistakes along the way and will fail to make a baby. This is true in your body and in IVF labs, scientists watch it happen every day under a microscope. Not every eggs makes a baby. When you are young it’s statistically 1 in 5 eggs frozen that does. When you are 35, its one in 20. The older a woman is when she is freezing her eggs, the more eggs she will need to freeze. To achieve the same chance of pregnancy as your younger self, you will need to freeze more eggs.
Sort yourself out
The eggs you freeze should be healthy. While it’s true that women make all our eggs before birth, we can influence the environment in which eggs develop in the lead up to fertility treatment.
It’s an excellent incentive to clean up your act. Don’t smoke. Don’t take recreational drugs. Exercise. Drink water. Eat well. Take a pre-pregnancy vitamin. See a fertility doctor and take on their opinion on all the issues that might affect you planning a pregnancy, even if we are talking “one day”.
The only guarantee that a doctor can give you that you will one day have a baby is…. To help you have a baby. Are you ready to have a baby? Is the possibility of missing out on motherhood causing you extreme stress?
Are you actually coming to see a doctor to freeze eggs because you want to have a baby in the near future?
You are not alone. Many women feel this way if they are:
- Single and have not thought about being a mum in a non-conventional way
- In a relationship with a partner who won’t commit to family
We live in a world and happily in a society where you can have a baby if that’s what you want, with a little bit of help from your fertility doctor and the generous donation of sperm.
If you would like to conceive now, rather than freeze your eggs, let’s talk about it.
Egg freezing is best for young women who know what they want and are willing to make the effort to open future doors and create more options. The science is strong. The world is seeing more and more healthy babies conceived from frozen eggs.
If you have been thinking about freezing your eggs, it’s safe to say, there will be no better time than the present.