More and more single women today are faced with the question of whether to freeze their eggs.
Many fertility experts advise women to get pregnant and have children by the age of 35 for optimum results; however, more women today are focused on their careers and are getting married later, meaning that starting a family often begins at a later age. Egg freezing can buy these women more time.
What was once considered an experimental procedure is now a run-of-the-mill one. Last year the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) ceased describing the process as experimental, as success rates are so high; in fact, there have been 2,000 births worldwide as a direct result of the procedure, with more than half of these in the last five years.
Freezing your eggs is not a decision to make lightly. The process is expensive and time-consuming, and does not guarantee a baby later on. Women interested in freezing their eggs should make sure that they are ready to spend a significant amount of money and have the time – at least one month – to devote to the process.
The success rate is good, with a top US fertility centre reporting a rate slightly higher than 50%, and freezing eggs in the hope of one day becoming a mother can be an appealing option.
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