Egg Freezing- Does it work?

Friday, March 24, 2017

Kaitlyn Bristowe, a former ABC Bachelorette from Season 11, opened up this week about her journey through egg freezing. The article here,  shows my RE ( reproductive endocrinologist )Brian Kaplan, who is a physician with Ova Egg Freezing.

"I'm taking control of my future! As a woman there's always pressure to have babies, and this puts my mind at ease for when IM ready. "- she was quoted. 

The article stated that the number of women choosing to freeze their eggs has increased from under 500 in 2009 to nearly 4,000 in 2013, according to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. 


From what I've read through the years, egg freezing shouldn't be treated as a guarantee that you'll be able to get pregnant with them when you need/ want to. I do believe that it's a good choice for women in their mid- late 30's who aren't in a serious relationship ready to get pregnant. However, women should know the facts and try not to wait until it's too late to try other avenues later on if needed. 


According to his article on TheInsider, The ASRM says there's only a 2 to 12% chance that a frozen egg, even from a woman younger than 38, will result in a baby. Doctors collect multiple eggs, though, which increases the odds. Dr. Jane Frederick, MD, a board certified fertility expert in California, told INSIDER that women who use frozen eggs have about a 25% to 50% chance of having a baby, depending on age. Another article from Extend Fertility, cites these chances of live birth for women who freeze eggs under 35, based on number of eggs frozen.




For those of you not familiar with the process, egg freezing would go through an egg retrieval process just as a women going through IVF would. The main difference is that in IVF, the eggs are fertilized before freezing ( if there are some to be saved for a future cycle). With egg freezing, the eggs must be thawed before fertilizing, some typically don't survive, and certainly not all fertilize. Basically, it adds on additional steps to the process that run the risk of losing eggs and the quality deteriorating,  which might inhibit more from fertilizing. On top of that, the older you are, the more abnormal embryos you will most likely have. I was 31 when I had my egg retrieval for IVF. Only 6 of the 22 eggs retrieved turned into embryos. 3 of the 6 were abnormal. My doctor said that it was a completely normal percentage for my age. 


I found an article that shows the percentages more clearly. From research referred to in the article, about 25% of embryos created by women aged 25–30 were genetically abnormal; this percentage gradually increased to 35% in women age 31–35, 45% in women ages 35–37, 60% in women 38–40, 80% in women ages 41–43, and over 80–90% abnormal in women age 44 and older.


So what's the point of this post? In my opinion, egg freezing can be a really good option. If I were in my mid-thirties and nowhere near a point in a relationship where I was ready to start a family- I would 100% give it a try. "The clock is ticking," is a completely real feeling full of anxiety for many women in their 30's. If you have the money or insurance covers it, I think the peace of mind can be worth it. However,  women must know the reality of it, and realize that it's not guaranteed to work down the road- IF she needs it. As long as expectations are too high for it, then it can be a good thing.







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