Three Reasons to Consider Egg Freezing
Egg freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation or fertility preservation, is the process in which eggs are harvested from the ovaries and then cryogenically frozen for future implantation. Because of its ability to extend fertility, egg freezing has become increasingly popular in recent years.
There are many reasons to consider egg freezing. Some of these reasons include:
1) Wanting to concentrate on other life goals before building a family.
Today, many women want to focus on their personal and professional goals before having a child. However, the ability to conceive steadily diminishes as the body gets older. Cryopreservation allows women to save young, healthy eggs so they can have a child at a later time, without sacrificing time for things like career ambitions, traveling, education, and other personal aspirations.
2) Facing a medical issue that impacts fertility.
Egg freezing can also be used as a precautionary measure to help women with medical issues improve their chances of conceiving in the future. For example, women who have a family history of early menopause might consider preserving their eggs while they are young so they can still have a child when they are older.
Cryopreservation is also a common option for women who have been diagnosed with cancer. Although they are lifesaving, many treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation can severely damage the reproductive system; as such, women who need to undergo these treatments often consider freezing their eggs so they can conceive at a later time.
3) Being in the military or having a high-risk occupation.
For women whose careers involve potentially dangerous or harmful situations, egg preservation is a way of proactively planning ahead for a future family. When health and safety are not guaranteed, it’s important to consider how you will build your family in the event of a worst-case scenario. Having frozen eggs makes those plans easier.
To learn more about egg freezing and fertility preservation, contact Washington Fertility Center and set up an appointment with one of our experts. Whatever your reason for considering cryopreservation, we are ready to assist and guide you through the process.