Hi everyone. Fertility preservation has been in the news recently as more and more companies are extending fertility preservation as a covered health benefit. For women, fertility preservation may be done in two primary ways; oocyte freezing and embryo freezing. Where a woman is in life and what she wants out of the fertility preservation process will help determine which preservation method is best for her needs.
Women are increasingly turning to egg freezing to preserve their fertility. Although women are biologically most fertile before age 35, this timeline is not always ideal. Egg freezing harvests younger, healthier eggs and stores them until a woman is ready to start a family. Although there is a cost for this service, the benefits can far outweigh the costs. Additionally, in some instances egg freezing is covered by insurance.
As women’s roles change in society, their view of family is evolving. Women still want to become mothers and to start a family, but later in life. However, biologically, women are best equipped to start a family before age 35. Egg freezing and fertility preservation provides the peace of mind that when a woman is ready to start a family, she will have healthy eggs available.
More and more women are looking to start a family on their own terms, once they are ready. Readiness means different things to different people. Some women want to achieve career aspirations before starting a family. Others may have personal goals like traveling the world or purchasing a home in their ideal neighborhood that they want to achieve first. For women who are in a committed relationship, or who intend to use donor sperm, embryo banking may be the ideal fertility preservation method.
Career aspirations and an ambition to be professionally successful are a high priority for many women. Often, this means long hours in the office and the need to have an extremely flexible schedule. These demands and the desire to be professionally established before having children prompt many women to delay having children. Unfortunately, some women learn that delaying having children has had a negative effect on their fertility. Fertility preservation addresses this issue and provides a means for women to pursue their professional goals without sacrificing their ability to have children when they are ready.
A woman’s biological clock is real. There is a natural instinct to start a family while a woman’s eggs are at their healthiest. This time frame is from a woman’s teenage years until age 35. For many women, this period of time is also when they are focused on building their career. It’s important to understand that while the quality of a woman’s eggs decreases, women are fully capable of successfully carrying a pregnancy after this age. Freezing her eggs when they are at their healthiest allows a woman to preserve her fertility. This way, she can focus on growing her career without worrying that she is sacrificing her ability to start a family.
A woman’s biological clock is real. There is a natural instinct to start a family while a woman’s eggs are at their healthiest. This time frame is from a woman’s teenage years until age 35. For many women, this period of time is also when they are focused on building their career. It’s important to understand that while the quality of a woman’s eggs decreases, women are fully capable of successfully carrying a pregnancy after this age. Freezing her eggs when they are at their healthiest allows a woman to preserve her fertility. This way, she can focus on growing her career without worrying that she is sacrificing their ability to start a family.
For many women, starting a family during the time their bodies are most fertile is not ideal. Women are most fertile during between their teenage years until age 35. It is common for women to be focused on other areas of their lives during this time, wanting to wait to start a family until they are better established financially and professionally. Unfortunately, some women find it more difficult to conceive after age 35 as the quality of their eggs decreases over time. This does not have to be an issue. Freezing your eggs allows you to preserve your fertility until you are ready to start a family.
Egg freezing allows you to harvest eggs when they are at their healthiest and store them until you have decided to start a family. This procedure allows women to pursue their dreams without worrying that they are possibly sacrificing the ability to have children.
Egg banking, or freezing, provides women with an option for preserving their fertility. Women desire to preserve their fertility for a variety of reasons from health issues to focusing on their careers. Banking eggs when they are most viable allows women to extend their fertile years so that a woman’s choice to delay motherhood does not mean denial.
The egg preservation process occurs over three to four weeks and has three steps.
The cost of fertility care is a concern for many patients, especially those who do not have insurance coverage. At New Hope Fertility Center, we work with our patients to provide customized treatment plans that fit their health situation. Our approach to fertility, using your body’s natural fertility to achieve desired results, not only produces healthy pregnancies, but can also decrease the costs patients face due to fertility medication.
Egg banking allows a woman to preserve her fertility by harvesting eggs when they are most viable This option is appealing to women who want to delay having children. Banking eggs allows patients to store the healthiest, most viable eggs thereby prolonging fertility. The process of harvesting and banking eggs has three steps: