Myths and Facts About Freezing Your Eggs

Myths and Facts About Freezing Your Eggs

Some of your friends are talking about freezing their eggs, and you’re surprised. You never thought that they — or you — would need to or want to freeze their eggs. But egg freezing is a great way to preserve your fertility so you can have a baby when you’re ready.

Fertility expert Peter L. Chang, MD, and our team at Noble Fertility Center in New York City’s Murray Hill neighborhood want you to know the facts when it comes to egg freezing. He’s compiled a short list of myths and facts so you can understand more about this option that gives you the ability to conceive at the right time for you.

Myth: Most women freeze their eggs because of their careers

Fact: Most women freeze their eggs so they don’t have to worry about their ticking biological clock. Whether you have a high-powered career or not, egg freezing allows you to relax about finding the right partner at the right time.

If you rely on Mother Nature alone, you have to act fast if you want to have a baby. You have 90% fewer eggs by age 30 than you did when you were born. By age 40, you only have 3% of your eggs. And just as other areas of your body age and lose integrity, so do your eggs.

When you freeze your eggs, you don’t have to rush to find the perfect partner or, worse, stay in an unhealthy relationship because you think it’s your only chance for a baby. In fact, in one study, about 87% of women who froze their eggs weren’t in a relationship. 

Myth: Producing many eggs at one time destroys your fertility

Fact: The fertility drugs you take to stimulate egg production don’t reduce your future fertility. Although you usually only produce one mature, ripened egg for a journey down your fallopian tubes each month, it’s not the only egg that your body grew that month.

The difference between your natural egg production and egg production for egg freezing is that with the aid of fertility drugs, multiple eggs ripen per month. In other words, the eggs that otherwise would simply have been reabsorbed by your body and lost can now be preserved for the possibility of creating a child.

Myth: Your frozen eggs are only good for a few years

Fact: Your frozen eggs may last for many years. Babies have been born with eggs that were frozen for more than 14 years. Theoretically, eggs should remain viable in a frozen state for as long as sperm does. Sperm can be frozen for as long as 50 years

Myth: Frozen eggs aren’t as good as fresh

Fact: Your eggs are flash frozen — so quickly that they instantly solidify into a glass-like form, with no crystals. They’re preserved in that state until you’re ready to thaw and use them.

The process we use — vitrification — instantly dehydrates the eggs and replaces their fluid with a special substance that acts as an antifreeze. This same vitrification process has been used for decades to successfully freeze embryos until they’re ready for implantation. Vitrification prevents the formation of ice crystals that could damage your eggs during the thawing process. 

After your eggs are thawed and fertilized with your partner’s or donor’s sperm, we screen the resulting embryos for viability. At this stage, we can also test them for chromosomal abnormalities and genetic disorders. We then implant you with a healthy embryo.

Myth: I don’t need to freeze my eggs if I’m young

Fact: It’s best to freeze your eggs sooner rather than later. Just as your skin develops wrinkles and your hair goes gray over time, your egg quality deteriorates as you age. That means that if you try to freeze your eggs when you’re older, they may not be viable. The younger you start freezing your eggs, the healthier they’ll be when you’re ready for them.

Myth: The egg retrieval process is long and painful

Fact: Egg retrieval is simple, safe, and has a short recovery time. You’re sedated but awake for the procedure. You may have some cramping, fatigue, and spotting for a few days afterward.

To get started on your egg-freezing journey so that you can have the chance to have a baby when you’re ready, contact Noble Fertility Center by phone or use our online booking tool today.

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