Learn more about egg freezing candidates
Egg freezing is an attractive option for single women who are not ready to start a family. Because the fertility treatment works well, it is gaining attention. Your Southlake and Dallas fertility center team can help you determine if you’re a candidate.
Candidates for egg freezing
Egg freezing may be attractive for personal, medical, religious and ethical reasons, and can help a woman in her 20s and 30s get pregnant later with more control over her biological clock.
You may be interested in egg freezing for personal reasons. We sometimes refer to this as elective egg freezing.
- You may want a baby ultimately, but not yet have a life partner. Or your partner may not be ready to commit to a pregnancy.
- Many women need time to pursue educational, career or other goals before starting a family or adding a child.
Studies show these personal reasons are increasingly common motivators, but medical considerations can also prompt a look at egg freezing.
- If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you have our sympathy. Your Southlake and Dallas fertility center physicians want you to know that freezing your eggs before getting cancer treatments gives you much better odds of getting pregnant. While it’s possible you may still have viable eggs after cancer treatment, it’s certainly not assured because the treatments can destroy eggs and cause infertility. Your age, type of cancer and treatment approach are factors affecting what’s possible and best for you.
- If women in your family have a history of early menopause (about 2% do), egg freezing enables you to preserve eggs before early menopause takes effect.
- If you have lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, you may want to consider egg freezing. Medications used to treat these conditions can damage or destroy your ovarian function.
- If severe endometriosis or other diseases are affecting your ovaries, egg freezing could be appropriate.
You may be interested in egg freezing for religious or ethical reasons.
A standard in vitro fertilization, IVF, process creates excess embryos. What happens to them can be a matter of ethical or religious concern. You may object to storing more frozen embryos than are needed. You may or may not favor the practice of fertilizing only as many eggs as will be used for IVF and freezing the remaining eggs.
If you have personal, medical, religious or ethical reasons to consider egg freezing, your Southlake and Dallas fertility center team understands and is poised to help you. You may find it reassuring to know that long-term storage of frozen eggs (five, seven or even 10 years) is viable and that, worldwide, more than 1,000 babies have been born after egg freezing with no meaningful difference in the rate of normal births (those without defects or chromosomal abnormalities) compared to the general population.