Most young women today are focused on graduating from college, starting their careers, and meeting Mr. Right. Their future fertility potential is a blip on the radar that many young women tend to avoid thinking about. Unfortunately, this can mean that by the time these women have taken care of other goals and are ready for a child, it is too late. It’s a bit of a painful irony that, as women, we spend most of our young adulthood trying to avoid getting pregnant, but once we finally decide we’re ready, it can be difficult to conceive naturally. By the time many women reach this point, their fertility potential has dwindled away to nothing. This is one of the primary reasons to consider freezing your eggs.
When we’re in our late 30s and early 40s we still feel so young, but shockingly, by our mid-40s, most women are completely infertile. Thankfully however, we have the absolute luxury of living in a society where egg freezing technology is not only readily available, but the decision to do so is becoming increasingly encouraged and supported. By utilizing these technologies, we are giving ourselves options that were never presented to us in the past.
In 2012, the FDA lifted the experimental label on egg freezing. According to a study by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), the number of women choosing to freeze their eggs increased by more than 700% between 2009 and 2013. Recently, companies like Facebook and Apple have started to provide egg freezing as an elective benefit to female employees. Not only is this the type of perk that serves to boost employee morale, but it also provides the tangible benefit of retaining top female talent. The Pentagon recently announced that for the next two years, they will pay for women and men to preserve their eggs and sperm.
The increase in social awareness and availability of information about egg freezing has a great positive impact on today’s women. When women decide to learn about their fertility potential when they’re young, they are more prepared for having children in the future.
If freezing your eggs is something you are considering, it’s essential that you choose a reputable medical practice to assist you. Not only should you look for a practice who has demonstrated success in the retrieval and freezing of eggs, they should also be accomplished in thawing frozen eggs as well. When selecting a fertility practice, be sure to ask questions about their successes in both retrieval and pregnancy. The Frozen Egg Bank Network is available to provide resources and to act as a liaison to help guide you through the nuances of egg freezing.
FEBNetwork is associated with a network of practices that offer top-quality programs and have proven success in both egg freezing and egg warming technologies. All of the embryologists in the FEBNetwork have been gone through a rigorous training program and are required to demonstrate a continued high standard of quality through quarterly evaluations.
Women should not have to choose between things like having a career and having a family. Technology has come so far that women should be able to achieve their family building goals in whatever sort of timeline they feels comfortable with. By considering the option to freeze their eggs, women are empowering themselves. It allows them to focus on their careers, continued education, and relationships, and when the time is right for them to start a family, they have options. Modern technology is a beautiful thing and it is about time we start taking advantage of it!