Women may be able to delay motherhood with help from egg freezing
Today’s modern women have choices about their life paths. Often, young women decide to pursue educational, professional or personal goals before settling down to start a family. Unfortunately, many women mistakenly believe their fertility has an unrestricted timetable. Our Manhattan Beach fertility doctor explains the truth about fertility and offers options such as elective fertility preservation, including egg freezing.
What you should know about female fertility and egg freezing
The female reproductive system is unique and complex. While men continuously produce sperm, a woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have. At birth, a baby girl has about one million eggs. By puberty, the number declines by 50%. A young woman will lose approximately 750 eggs each month going forward. Although stories seem to abound of women having babies in their 40s, the reality is that conceiving becomes more difficult over time. With egg freezing, our Manhattan Beach fertility doctor can help ensure that you have options when the time is right.
Advanced technology makes egg freezing possible
In the past, eggs could not survive the freezing and thawing process without damage. A new fast-freezing process called vitrification now makes egg-freezing possible. Our Manhattan Beach fertility doctor recommends that candidates for fertility preservation meet the following criteria.
- Be 19 to 35 years of age
- Have good overall health
- Commit to at least three weeks for the egg retrieval process
- Agree to an infectious disease screening
Understanding how fertility preservation works
If you decide to pursue elective fertility preservation, our team will support you and answer any questions. The egg freezing process involves the following steps.
- Consultation and evaluation. First, your doctor will meet with you to discuss elective fertility preservation. We will also take a complete medical history, conduct blood tests and perform a transvaginal ultrasound to determine the appropriate treatment.
- Fertility medication. To retrieve the maximum number of eggs, our Manhattan Beach fertility doctor will prescribe fertility drugs. During this step, we will monitor your response to the medication by using bloodwork and sonograms.
- Retrieval and preservation. On the designated day, your doctor will retrieve your eggs during an outpatient procedure. You will be lightly sedated and the appointment should take about 30 minutes. We will then cryopreserve your eggs for future use.
At Innovative Fertility Center, we want our patients to have options when it comes to family planning. Your doctor will explain fertility preservation, so you can make an informed decision. Contact us to schedule an appointment with our Manhattan Beach fertility doctor.