Freeze Eggs Early or Take Chances with IVF Later?

Freeze Eggs

Wouldn't it be great if we could all see the future? Then you'd know for sure if Mr. Right would appear in time for you to get pregnant naturally. Or you could determine exactly when during your career you should take time out to have a baby.

Unfortunately, life doesn't work that way and, instead, leaves young women who want to pursue careers or haven't found the guy in a dilemma. In her column for the Mirror Online, Dr. Miriam Stoppard poses the question: "To freeze or not to freeze your eggs? That is the question for young women."

She explains how experts from the National Institutes of Health say that if you're a young, childless woman in your early 30s, you should probably consider freezing your eggs. In fact, it may be more cost effective to freeze now and use later, rather than taking your chances and undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) with older eggs later.

If a woman freezes her eggs in her early 30s, there is a 70 percent chance of conceiving a baby via IVF later, according to a model from the National Institutes of Health. If eggs are frozen at 38, the chance decreases to 50 percent.

But what if you wait, try to get pregnant naturally and don't succeed, and then try IVF at 41 — with your 41-year-old eggs? The chances of success in that scenario?

Just 36 percent.

Essentially, NIH researchers say that up until age 38, the most cost-effective strategy is to freeze your eggs. While it's not a guarantee of conception, it may improve your chances dramatically.

Should you be thinking about egg freezing? Read these social reasons to consider egg freezing.

And if you're already considering it, click here to get in touch with an egg freezing expert.

January 10, 2013
Posted by Leigh Ann Woodruff

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