Fertility Preservation: Is it Possible to Freeze Your Fertility

by | November 22nd, 2011

We live in a DVR world, where we can push pause and use technology to accommodate our schedules. Can we apply that same principle to
fertility? Many women, because of career or life circumstances, know that they want to get pregnant one day, just not right now.  Unfortunately as women age, it becomes harder to conceive. Fertility starts to decline rapidly between ages 35 and 37, and by 40, the chances of a woman getting pregnant on her own fall to five percent.

Oftentimes women who delay starting a family find that when they are finally ready, it is too late.  The news media has done these women a great disservice in printing stories about getting pregnant in your 40s or even 50s.  These articles usually fail to acknowledge that nearly all of these advanced age pregnancies occur with donor eggs provided by much younger women.

If a woman knows she will delay getting pregnant until her late 30s or beyond, an effective technology now exists to preserve fertility.
Freezing eggs (oocytes) and using them at a later date provides women the flexibility of waiting to conceive.
While the cryopreservation, or freezing, of sperm and embryos has been employed for decades in helping couples overcome infertility, until recently, eggs could not be effectively thawed from a frozen state due to their fragile composition.

New Egg Freezing Technology is Available

A new technique called vitrification enables embryologists to reliably freeze and thaw a woman’s eggs.  While still considered experimental, published data establishes vitrification as the new standard in oocyte cryopreservation.  The Presbyterian IVF lab now employs vitrification
after an investigational review board accepted the protocol for use in patients.

Thanks to vitrification and advances in egg freezing, women can proactively plan to start families on their own timetables. IVF Plano focuses
on enhancing, protecting and preserving fertility so every woman can experience the joy of pregnancy.

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