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A Girlfriend's Guide to Egg Freezing: Part 3

Posted by Lucy Buckley on

valerie-landis-egg-freezingWelcome to Part 3 of a Girlfriend's Guide to Egg Freezing by our Fertility Friend Valerie Landis. In  Part 1, Valerie told us about the egg freezing process, and the ideal time to freeze your eggs. Last week, in Part 2 Valerie told us about fertility tests and the cost of egg freezing and this week in her final post, this week,  we learn about getting pregnant using your frozen eggs.

How likely is pregnancy from frozen eggs?

 

If you are ready to get pregnant, you might want to try to conceive naturally first, but if that does not result in a pregnancy, using your frozen eggs is exactly why you preserved them. When you are ready to defrost your precious eggs to get pregnant, there are several options that involve in-vitro fertilization (IVF). There are five basic steps in the process of IVF, but those who have frozen their eggs bypass steps one and two: stimulating your body and collecting your eggs. The third step is finding viable sperm to create embryos. Step four is to cultivate and grow the embryos until they turn into blastocysts (a bigger cell) ready for implantation. The final step would be to prepare your uterus for a transfer and implant the embryo inside.

 

To optimize the chance of conception, it is recommended to store around 12 eggs if you are younger than age 35. The number jumps to closer to 20 eggs if you are between ages 35 and 39. If you are over 40 years old, statistically more than 20 eggs are needed to have a successful pregnancy. It is not recommended for women aged 44 and older to choose egg freezing. Egg quality is much more important than quantity when it comes to freezing eggs in older women. Of course, there are other factors : the quality of sperm; the lab protocols and techniques; how well the embryo develops before implantation.

 

Even if you have no intention of turning your eggs into a future baby, being your own egg donor can have some major advantages, especially if you are unexpectedly diagnosed with illness or infertility issues. The body naturally rejects eggs in a typical cycle unless they become fertilized, so egg freezing is rescuing these eggs for future use.

 

The reality is … you are a rock star. Your career is skyrocketing and your social life isn't too bad either. Why not take charge of your fertility, just like everything else. Whether you know for certain you want to have children or are still undecided in general, being aware of your health as it relates to conceiving can be life changing.

 

If you are even thinking about how you might want to have a baby someday in the future,  egg freezing is never a bad choice and can increase your odds of having a biological family in the future.  I’m speaking from personal experience. I have interviewed over 75 different women about their experience and have yet to hear one say they wish they did not freeze their eggs. I have personally frozen my eggs not once, but twice and am so thankful I took the leap of faith to freeze.

 

Still curious about egg freezing?  Want to learn more? Then keep up with Valerie Landis via her eggsperience website, listen to Eggology Club Podcast to hear what real-life current egg freezers feel about their experiences, or check out all her social media pages.

Facebook Valerie Landis | Eggsperience | Eggology Club

Twitter @valeriedlandis | @eggsperiences | @EggologyClub

Instagram @valeriedlandis | @eggsperience_ | @EggologyClub

 

 


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