Many women in their 20s and 30s are most likely thinking about meeting someone, getting married, settling down, and starting a family. It seems easy enough, but as a woman creeps into her mid- to late-30s, getting pregnant can become difficult. Just to be safe, many women are thinking ahead and freezing their eggs.
I always thought this was a spectacular idea, but apparently egg freezing is still experimental. The procedure is mostly used for young cancer patients who may have issues with fertility because of chemo treatments. Lately, though, since women are starting families later in their lives, more and more clinics are offering egg freezing to women who are worried about growing older and not being able to conceive. Unfortunately, the procedure is very expensive — around $15,000 to $20,000 — and the chance of being able to conceive using the eggs later on is pretty slim, especially if you're older than 35. The good news is that many women have had success, so for some, egg freezing is worth it.
Freezing your eggs sounds like a complicated process. To hear all about it, read more.
After a woman decides that she wants to freeze her eggs, she first has to get her body ready. That involves injecting hormones to boost egg production. A doctor then uses an ultrasound-guided needle to remove the egg(s) and bathes them in an antifreeze solution before freezing. When the woman is ready to get pregnant, the egg is thawed out and then injected with a needle containing one single sperm. After the fertilized egg develops into an embryo, it's implanted into the woman's uterus with a catheter.
I'm not sure if I could go through all that, knowing the success rate is so low, but if it came down to it, I bet I'd try anything if I was having a tough time conceiving. What about you? Would you go through the process of freezing your eggs? Have you thought about it before?