Learn when to freeze eggs and preserve your fertility
Women who know they would like to have children someday, but don’t want to conceive now, will benefit from learning more about whether now is the time to consider the fertility preserving benefits of egg freezing.
How to know when to freeze eggs
A woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have, and as she moves through life certain factors will impact the quality and quantity of her egg supply.
- Age. Women interested in freezing their eggs should undergo the process ideally before the age of 34. Younger eggs are often healthier and better equipped to undergo vitrification, or flash freezing, and eventual thawing when the woman is ready to have an egg fertilized and transferred.
- Diagnostic tests. A woman can gain a clearer picture of her fertility potential and discover when to freeze eggs through basic testing, which includes an ultrasound and blood work. The ultrasound will allow one of our Tennessee egg freezing specialists to count the number of egg-containing follicles a woman has in her ovaries, and blood work will assess the levels of certain hormones that provide information about egg quality.
The combination of a woman’s age, and the diagnostic tests used to determine the quality and quantity of her eggs, can help her decide if she can delay egg freezing or should move forward with the process.
Other egg freezing considerations
Beyond age, there are other circumstances that could cause a woman to expedite the decision to freeze her eggs.
- Health concerns. If a woman is facing certain health issues that require aggressive treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation, egg freezing could be a good option. A family history of premature ovarian failure is another reason to consider egg freezing.
- Insurance Coverage. If a woman interested in the option of egg freezing works for a company that covers the cost of egg freezing through their health insurance, it could be prudent to explore this fertility preservation method.
- Other life circumstances. Women who know they would like to postpone motherhood until their late 30s or 40s should consider freezing their eggs.
Our Tennessee egg freezing specialists know this is a big decision and are here to help women obtain facts about their fertility health, and determine when to freeze eggs.
Contact us for more information about our egg freezing program.