When to Freeze Eggs
You have probably been hearing more and more about freezing your eggs in order to have the opportunity to use them at an older age. The most common question that we are asked is “When should I freeze my eggs?”. As women age, they run out of eggs and, just like the quantity, the quality of the remaining eggs declines as well. Due to these normal changes with aging, it becomes much more difficult to conceive, and the risk of miscarriage also rises significantly as you get older.
One potential significant advantage of egg freezing is that it helps minimize the effect of the “biologic clock” on those eggs. In other words, when we thaw eggs that have been frozen, they yield pregnancy rates closer to the age you were when they were frozen rather than the age you are when you decide to use them. For example, eggs frozen when a woman was 32 but thawed when she was 40 should produce a pregnancy rate closer to that of a 32 year old than a 40 year old.
According to a recent study published in Fertility and Sterility, the highest probability of achieving a live birth was seen when egg freezing was performed before 34 years of age. This means that if you have decided to put off creating or completing your family and you are 33 years old, the time to freeze eggs is probably now. Freezing eggs before the age of 33 increases the likelihood that the eggs you have frozen will create a viable pregnancy in the future.
At Texas Fertility Center, we support egg freezing as a viable way to extend your fertility and increase the likelihood of creating your family when the time is right. We will spend time educating you on your chance for a successful pregnancy and how your current age will affect your rate of success.