What Is the Best Age to Freeze Your Eggs?

For many women, the brightest future includes college, career, relationship, and baby — in that order. Sometimes, though, the ticking of your biological clock doesn’t fit into your timeline. What do you do when you know your most fertile time may interfere with other important accomplishments on your preferred timeline? 

Reset the clock, of course, by freezing your eggs for future use.

New York Fertility Institute has been helping build families since 1986. Their top-rated fertility experts are happy to provide the most innovative and effective treatment available for harvesting and freezing eggs. 

This means you can choose to have your baby when your circumstances fit, rather than when a ticking clock says you must. There are a few factors to keep in mind, however.

Age does matter

Pregnancy is very tough on your body, and it only makes sense to have a baby while you’re still relatively young and overall healthy. That range is changing these days, though, thanks to increased preventive care, improved medical technology and treatment techniques, and a culture that fosters good health well into middle age and beyond.

Unfortunately, your ovaries don’t necessarily keep up with the times. You’re born with a limited number of eggs, and the number and quality of those eggs declines steadily as you age.

Typically, your fertility begins to drop as early as your late 20s or early 30s, and it falls much more rapidly after you reach 35. This can make it more difficult to harvest viable eggs for freezing because the reserves remaining in your ovaries are low.

Even if you’re otherwise healthy and fit, this decline in the quantity and quality of your eggs reduces your chances of getting pregnant to about 5% by the time you’re 40. By 45, a natural pregnancy without fertility treatments may be a miracle.

Aging isn’t the only reason to freeze your eggs

There are many conditions other than aging that can affect the quantity and quality of your eggs. These may include:

Egg freezing gives you the option of preserving eggs for future use. Many women also prefer egg freezing to embryo freezing due to religious or ethical considerations.

So, when is the best time to freeze my eggs?

The best average age for freezing your eggs is probably in your late 20s or early 30s. If you’re diagnosed with an illness that can decrease the quality and quantity of your eggs, however, you might want to consider freezing eggs much sooner. Your fertility specialist can offer guidance regarding the best timing for your circumstance.

Regardless of your age and health, your journey at New York Fertility Institute begins with a free consultation to discuss your expectations and goals. The next step is an assessment that may include blood tests, an ultrasound, and other workup to help identify the quantity and quality of your eggs.

Schedule your free consultation today at New York Fertility Institute. Call the office or book your appointment online.

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