When researching fertility treatments, you may have discovered egg freezing.
Harvesting and preserving your eggs differs from many other methods of fertility treatment as this process is not designed to help achieve a pregnancy, but to reserve the ability to have a baby at a later point.
There are many situations where this route may be recommended and without proper guidance, it can be difficult to know when to consider this treatment.
To help remove some of this confusion, and keep your fertility journey as stress-free as possible, read on to discover circumstances where you might want to consider freezing eggs:
You are in your early 30s
It is commonly known that as a person ages, their fertility begins to decline.
However, while your body may be ready to conceive, this does not always coincide with the plans that you have for your life. At the peak of your fertility, you may not be financially or professionally ready for a child.
Fertility preservation is a great way for women who want to prevent a perceived struggle to conceive later in life.
As women are at their most fertile between the ages of 23 and 31, the earlier into your 30s that you decide to make this decision, the better, so that you can capture your fertility before it begins to decline.
You are receiving cancer treatment
In modern days there are more options available than ever to help anyone who may be suffering from cancer to overcome their disease and lead a long, happy life.
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Sadly, there is known to be a link between the chemotherapy that can help you to beat cancer, and reduced fertility. This treatment has been known to cause irregular menstrual cycles and is also associated with amenorrhea, which refers to one or more missed periods.
As well as this, there is a chance that ovaries may become damaged during cancer treatment. This can lead to early onset menopause or its various symptoms. The change in fertility can occur at any point during cancer treatment and can even be delayed.
However, with the option of preserving fertility in cancer patients before treatment commences, this means that a woman who is undergoing chemotherapy can still have the opportunity to conceive.
Freezing eggs before cancer treatment will mean that the option to start, or expand your family is available whenever you feel ready after recovery.
You are transitioning gender
Transitioning gender is a life-changing for any individual.
Considering the effects that this change may have on your fertility could be a factor which is heavily influential during your transitioning process.
Therefore, it may be useful for you to know that you could preserve your fertility before you begin your transition. This will mean that in later life, when you feel ready, you can use your preserved eggs, paired with IVF to achieve transgender pregnancy and expand your family.
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As you can see, there are many situations where egg freezing can help to improve the quality of your life.
It is also worth knowing that you do not have to wait until you have a partner to use your preserved eggs, as sperm donations can always be used to help expand your family.
For more information on how we can help you to take the next step forward in your fertility journey, feel free to get in touch with our team of consultants, who are always more than happy to help.