Egg banking, or elective egg freezing, enables women to preserve their best eggs in order to increase their chances for a healthy pregnancy when they are ready.
Many women who wish to have children find that life’s circumstances, such as career, family obligations, finding the right partner, or abrupt medical conditions may delay their plans. Unfortunately, female fertility declines from around age 30 and at a significantly faster rate after 35. While a woman is able to physically carry a pregnancy to term in her 40s, there is a very small chance that her eggs will be viable into her 40s.
Also, miscarriages and birth defects, such as Down Syndrome, are often caused by poor quality eggs from older mothers. Diminished egg quality with age can significantly impact a woman’s fertility and her ability to conceive and deliver a healthy baby, yet is inevitable.
An advanced technology known as vitrification permits a woman to “pause her biological clock” by harvesting, freezing and storing young eggs today for use years from tomorrow.
The best time for a woman to freeze her eggs is in her 20s and early-to-mid-30s. Younger eggs freeze better and have higher odds of resulting in a healthy pregnancy. Women in their mid to late 30s often seek fertility preservation because they know infertility is around the corner. Since age has a big impact on fertility, the sooner a woman freezes her eggs, the greater her chances of having a healthy baby when she is ready to start her family. For an individual woman, it can be better to vitrify eggs at 30 than to wait until 35 or 40 and find that fertility is reduced or passed.
We are proud to provide vitrification and egg banking to our patients through our affiliation with IVF New England in Lexington. IVF New England has for 25 years been the leading center for Assisted Reproductive Techniques in our area.
A consultation with a Reproductive Endocrinologist is the first step when considering egg freezing for future pregnancy.