Over six million women in America have trouble getting pregnant. At the same time, the number of women over 30 who can get pregnant -- but are choosing to wait -- has risen nearly 30% over the past 15 years. This makes egg-freezing services a valuable tool for couples to realize their dreams of starting or extending their families.
If you’re one of the millions of women facing fertility issues, or holding off on parenthood for other reasons, here’s what you need to know about when to consider freezing your eggs.
You’re over 30 and have other priorities
Today’s world is vastly different from the one our mothers experienced. More women are prioritizing advanced education and furthering their careers -- which takes time. No matter how active or healthy you may be, the quality of your eggs declines with age. A woman’s eggs are in their prime between roughly ages 16 and 28 and still acceptable until around age 37. After this, egg quality drops sharply.
Egg freezing allows you to delay starting or expanding your family and essentially allows you to silence the ticking biological clock. This gives you time to focus on professional goals, find a stable relationship, and have children when you feel the time is right for you. Ultimately, freezing your eggs gives you control over your life by giving you the power to choose when it’s right for you to get pregnant.
You’re going to have fibroids removed
As a fertility specialist and reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Vicken Sepilian regularly uses frozen eggs to help women conceive. He recommends that women consider freezing their eggs prior to having fibroids removed. Fibroids are a common gynecological condition affecting up to 30% of women during their childbearing years.
Most of the time fibroids cause no symptoms at all, but in some women these tumors can grow large and cause unbearable symptoms that impact their daily lives. Surgery to remove fibroids is effective at relieving the symptoms, and it is possible to remove fibroids while preserving the womb. However, resulting scar tissue may impact fertility, and in some severe cases a hysterectomy may be necessary.
If you’re considering having your fibroids removed, talk to Dr. Sepilian about whether it’s a good idea to freeze your eggs.
You’re going to undergo cancer treatment
A cancer diagnosis is devastating but doesn’t have to shatter your dreams of starting or growing your family. Egg freezing is a valuable preservation option for cancer patients. Chemotherapy and radiation can damage and destroy eggs and glands that produce important reproductive hormones. The treatments can also impact fertility in other ways.
Some women can conceive naturally after cancer treatment. However, there’s no way to predict how cancer treatment will impact your fertility and chances to have a baby. By freezing your eggs before undergoing any treatments, you have a cache of healthy eggs available for future use.
Discuss egg freezing with Dr. Sepilian if you have upcoming cancer treatment. Whether it’s a good idea will depend on your individual circumstances. Because it involves stimulating your ovaries, it may not be a good idea for women with estrogen-dependent cancers. Dr. Sepilian will carefully review your case and discuss your options.
Dr. Sepilian is an expert at guiding women through the egg-freezing process. He answers your questions and helps you decide if it’s the right option for you. For a comprehensive consultation call one of our offices in Glendale or Santa Monica, California, or click the button here on our website.