We are living in modern times, and if you are like many millennial New Yorkers, your career, adventures, and goals are your current priorities. Starting a family in the near future is not necessarily one of your immediate goals.
That is why many women in the greater New York region are choosing to freeze their eggs, and if you resonate with this, you might want to consider doing the same.
Why is Egg Freezing Important?
Unfortunately, as we age so do our eggs, and this can create problems for us when we are trying to conceive a child. The greater in age that you are, the more likely it will be that you may have a high-risk pregnancy along with some complications.
Studies show that being pregnant and over the age of 35 categorizes your pregnancy as high risk. This means there is a higher risk of miscarriage, genetic defects, and even stillbirth.
Such risks only increase after the age of 40. Not only is the pregnancy high-risk for your baby, but also for you. Being pregnant at an older age, you may be more likely to have a stroke, heart attack, preeclampsia, and even death during delivery.
Another reason a lot of women want to freeze their eggs is simply due to them just wanting to live life to their fullest potential, whatever way that may be for each individual. Some women prefer to build a career, travel, or just don’t have someone they want to start a family with before the age of 35.
If you would like to have children in the future, but do not plan to become pregnant in the next few years, freezing your eggs could be a wonderful option to provide you the liberty to achieve your goals, while ensuring the viability and health of your eggs.
What is Egg Freezing?
Egg freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation, has multiple steps to ensure the successful retrievement and preservation of your eggs.
The first step would be to stimulate your ovaries which is when you self-administer a fertility drug for about 10 days -- you will also be monitored during those days.
When the eggs are ready, you will receive a different type of medication that will be used to mature your eggs for proper retrieval.
Next, 34 to 35 hours later you will be put under mild anesthesia for an in-office procedure that will use ultrasound guidance to retrieve the eggs vaginally.
A laboratory specialist will then take all viable and mature eggs into a vial where they will be cryopreserved and will remain frozen until the day of your choosing.
Garden Can Help You Family Plan
We offer consultations with our Manhattan egg freezing specialist for any patient interested in freezing her eggs. Our expert and compassionate team members at Garden OB/GYN will also be with you throughout the process to ensure that you and your eggs are safe.
Once you conceive, our expert Maternal-Fetal Medicine doctors in Long Island and NYC, who specialize in supporting high-risk pregnancies, are equipped with the knowledge and modern testing to ensure that you have a smooth pregnancy, despite your age.