Freeze Your Eggs

Freezing Your Eggs While You Are in Your Twenties

Given current societal trends and the fact that female fertility peaks in 20's, freezing eggs will become a bigger business for fertility clinics in years to come. Interestingly, today one out of five women has her first baby after 35. Here is another fact, fewer than 1% of teenage girls are infertile, but more than 20% of women in their mid-30s are infertile.

freezing-eggsOne of the most important factors determining how soon one will become pregnant is woman's age. Women are born with about one million immature eggs, or follicles, in their ovaries. When a woman reaches puberty and starts to menstruate, only about 400,000 follicles remain. With each menstrual cycle, a thousand follicles are lost and only one follicle will mature into an ovum egg. The older the woman gets, the lower her chances getting pregnant.

It is no secret that the quality of woman's egg deteriorates significantly after 35. Old and bad quality eggs make getting pregnant much more difficult. The older the woman is, the longer it takes to get pregnant. In addition, the likelihood of miscarrying increases with age also.

It may seem unfair, but men retain their fertility well into old age. As an example, senior senator Strom Thurman fathered a child at age 81. Sperm production declines significantly with age. However, 30% decline in most men would not be sufficient to render them infertile. And most importantly, if the sperm can fertilize eggs, we usually don't see poor embryo quality due to reduced sperm quality.

The good news is women can freeze their eggs earlier in life and not worry about their biological clocks. With good quality eggs, woman’s ability to carry a child full term remains high way into her sixties! As an example, a Ukrainian woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy, when she was 66 years old. We are certainly not advocating child bearing at that age; we are merely using this medical case as an example.

Our IVF clinics offer cryopreservation services using the latest Vitrification technique, which will allow you to freeze your eggs and safely store them for many years. The total cost of all medical procedures and the storage for the first year is $5,500.

Incidentally, if you are looking for a sperm bank to cryopreserve sperm, our IVF clinics also freeze sperm. It may seem to be unfair, but unlike freezing eggs, freezing sperm is a relatively inexpensive and simple process. The total cost of all procedures associated with freezing sperm (sperm collection, preparation for cryopreservation and the actual freezing) and the storage for the first year is $800.

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