To the best of scientists’ knowledge, a woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have. As a female, you start your life with around 2 million eggs in your ovaries and lose around 11,000 of them each month before puberty. By the time you’re a teenager years, there are only around 300,000 to 400,000 left, and you’ll lose around 1,000 each month.
Combine this simple biological fact with the truth about women’s lives today. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), approximately 20 percent of U.S. women now have their first child after age 35 — a time whenfertility is on the decline and the chances of having a miscarriage are on the upswing.
You may be waiting to have your first child or additional children for any number of reasons. Perhaps you haven’t found the right partner, or you’re in the midst of a rewarding career and can’t afford to take “time out.” Maybe you’re pursuing an advanced degree or getting a divorce. Perhaps you have a medical condition that may make getting pregnant harder later. Or maybe, you and your partner just don’t feel financially secure in today’s economy.
For whatever reason you might be delaying childbearing, freezing your eggs when you are youngermay be a kind of “insurance” that opens up your options for the future. Egg quantity and quality are what determine a woman’s fertility, and your eggs at 30 are much more likely to lead to a successful conception and healthy pregnancy than are your eggs at 40. And now, with significantly improved egg freezing techniques, you can store eggs from your physical prime with the goal of becoming pregnant…
When everything else has fallen into place.