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Egg Freezing – Protect your fertility

Posted by HSFCblog in News 08 Mar 2013

In today’s modern world, there are many factors which might affect when you decide to start a family and as a result, women are choosing to delay having children. But the longer you leave it, the more problems you may experience when trying to conceive. However, there are proactive steps which can be undertaken in order to preserve your fertility.

Egg freezing is one of these steps. This enables you to keep your options open and ensure you have a healthy supply of eggs available…should you choose to postpone having children. Did you know that women are born with a certain amount of eggs, and this reserve will diminish over time? As the egg count reduces, fertility will decline; this process starts in your late 20s and becomes more significant over the age of 35.

With this in mind, it is worth considering freezing your eggs in your 20s, as this is when they will be most fertile and useful. However, that’s not to say that if you find yourself in your 30s and still wanting children that freezing your eggs shouldn’t be considered. It is still a viable option, but it is ideal to do this before you reach 35.

By choosing this path, if you find that your fertility has decreased, you will have the opportunity to use your own eggs when undertaking IVF instead of considering egg donation. The procedure involves stimulating the ovaries in order to produce more eggs, which will be collected via a needle inserted through the vagina. They will then be frozen through a process called Vitrofication and stored until you are ready to begin a family. To find out more about what egg freezing entails or to book an appointment with one of our fertility specialists call 020 7436 6838 or email info@hsfc.org.uk