Every New Year offers the ability to start over: you get another chance to make a change in your life, continue with positive habits you’re proud of, or finally do that thing you’ve been putting off because you weren’t quite ready, weren’t quite sure, or just didn’t know where to begin. For women who are thinking about their fertility but aren’t ready to start a family, that thing might be egg freezing. Maybe you wanted to do it in the past but weren’t sure if it was right for you. Maybe you didn’t think it was the right time. Maybe you held back because you didn’t know what to expect.
These are all valid reasons for not going ahead with egg freezing in the past, but 2019 is a new year and a new chance to live life on your terms. Reproductive Medicine Associates of Northern California (RMANorCal), a leading infertility clinic with offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto, gives you a few reasons why now is the right time to consider freezing your eggs.
- There is no better time than now to freeze your eggs.
With egg freezing, there really is no better time than the present. If you’re thinking about freezing your eggs, chances are you should. When a woman is born, her ovaries are filled with all the eggs she’ll ever have in her lifetime. Gradually over time, those eggs are released and that number dwindles. A woman is most fertile in her mid-to-late 20s, and that fertility begins to decline significantly after age 35. Age not only affects the overall number of eggs available, it also affects their quality, and the truth is younger eggs are more likely to lead to healthier embryos than older eggs. So if you’re ready to freeze your eggs at age 30, it’s better than waiting until you’re 35. With a woman’s egg quality and quantity, time really is of the essence.
- Egg freezing is for women who want to empower themselves.
Chances are you know someone who’s frozen their eggs for one reason or another. And you may have found yourself wondering if it’s right for you. The answer is simple: egg freezing is right for any woman interested in safeguarding her fertility. With egg freezing, you can literally press pause on your biological clock. Once you’re ready to move forward with having children, you can. It’s that easy. For many women, all of life’s puzzle pieces don’t fit neatly into a box at just the right moment, and egg freezing empowers women to live life on their terms. So if you’re not sure about having children in general, haven’t found a partner you want to start a family with or just aren’t ready for children now, give your future self the gift of egg freezing. It’s literally timeless – and it’s a New Year’s Resolution that’s within reach.
- Freezing your eggs in San Francisco is simple. And fast.
Egg freezing might sound complicated, but it’s relatively straightforward, and, from your first appointment to your last, only takes a few weeks. First, you’ll have an initial consultation where your doctor will get to know you and your health history and draw blood to estimate how many eggs you have in your ovaries. Next, you’ll be prescribed medications to stimulate your ovaries to produce multiple mature eggs at once, and your doctor will monitor your progress through this cycle with a few office visits. Once it is determined that your eggs are mature, they’ll be retrieved through a quick, 15-minute procedure in our office. Immediately after your eggs are retrieved, they will be frozen and stored until you’re ready to use them – and you can go on with your life.
Reproductive Medicine Associates of Northern California’s IVF laboratory has been internationally recognized for its quality and outcomes. To book a consultation with Dr. Kort or Dr. Morin to discuss egg freezing, call 415-603-6999 or visit rmanorcal.com.