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There are lots of reasons to preserve your fertility so you can get pregnant in the future: waiting for the right partner, attaining financial stability, and overcoming serious health issues, to name a few.

But the future is unpredictable, and there’s no way to know if you’ll still be fertile when the other aspects of your life fall into line. That’s where egg freezing comes in.

At IVFMD in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area in Texas, our experts can stop the clock on your fertility and freeze it in time. Here are five reasons to consider this reproductive opportunity.

Egg freezing extends your fertility

As you age, your chances of getting pregnant, staying pregnant, and having a healthy baby decrease. But if you’re not yet ready to start a family, you can extend your childbearing years by freezing your eggs now and using them later.

To accomplish this, we harvest about 10 mature eggs for every potential baby you want in the future. On average, about nine of those make it past the thawing stage, five to six of them get fertilized, and about two of them are viable for transfer.

This means you can undergo chemotherapy for cancer now and safely have a baby once you’ve recovered. Or you can have a baby later in life, even if the women in your family tend to hit menopause early.

Egg freezing is ideal for young women

More and more women are focusing on their careers and putting off having kids. That doesn’t mean they don’t want a family, just that they want to wait.

Unfortunately, your body doesn’t always comply with your career goals. If you’re a young woman climbing the corporate ladder, you don’t have to sacrifice success for kids. You just need to put your eggs on ice.

Not only is egg freezing ideal for young women who want to postpone starting a family, but it’s also an opportunity that’s exclusive to women under age 35. If you’re coming up on your 35th birthday and want to preserve your fertility, now’s the time to freeze your eggs before they diminish in quantity and quality.

Egg freezing has evolved

For many years, egg freezing technology had a few flaws. It used a slow-freeze method that immersed the eggs in a cryoprotectant solution that gradually dehydrated the egg cell. The theory was that this would prevent large, destructive ice crystals from forming.

But it was difficult to achieve 100% dehydration, and the egg survival and pregnancy rates were low.

Today, we use a much better method called vitrification. This advanced technology allows us to flash-freeze your eggs in a split second, avoiding the formation of ice crystals and boosting the egg survival and pregnancy rates.

Egg freezing is ethical

If you’re facing fertility issues, in vitro fertilization may be a good fit for you. In this process, we fertilize your eggs in a lab, then either place them in your uterus or freeze them for later use. If you don’t use all your embryos, they’re discarded.

For many women, this poses an ethical problem. Discarded frozen eggs, on the other hand, are simply single cells, not embryos.

Egg freezing works

The best reason to consider freezing your eggs is that it works. Your chances of getting pregnant using frozen eggs compared to fresh eggs is about the same. Studies show that frozen eggs have a 80-90% survival rate, and up to 80% of the transfers result in pregnancies.

If you need to put your childbearing years on hold, call us at any of our IVFMD locations in Irving, Arlington, or Grapevine, Texas, to talk with one of our fertility specialists today, or request an appointment online.

Sy Le, M.D.
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