Talking about age and fertility, I want to add a note on egg freezing:
It is not for everyone.
It depends on your goal.
But could it be for you?
As a reproductive endocrinologist, I often see patients concerned about their reproductive potential who desire a family but are not yet ready for motherhood. Personally, I believe that egg freezing is a game changer. Allowing yourself the freedom for greater reproductive flexibility is a beautiful thing. It is important to remember that there are no guarantees, not all women who freeze eggs will have a child born from them. Sometimes the process will not work (for a variety of reasons), but this is placing an investment in you and in your reproductive future. You are giving yourself the best available option at the family you want and in the timeline you desire. If the timeline is not flexible, then at least preserving your fertility at a younger age by freezing your eggs allows you to have the highest probability for success. Important to note, many women who freeze their eggs will get pregnant naturally without a problem. They may never use these eggs, or they may use them for later children. Regardless, they have been proactive in preserving their fertility, have had decreased anxiety about family building, and granted themselves a slight reprieve from the biological clock.
So the real question: what is your goal when it comes to family planning?
And listen carefully to this - THERE IS NO RIGHT ANSWER.
This is you, this is your life, these are our goals, your hopes, and your dreams.
But please just don’t put yourself in the position of not even knowing what happens to your fertility as you get older. Educate yourself and then you can make the choices that make sense for you. Listen to the latest #asawoman
podcast episode for more info. 🖤
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