What’s the best thing a young woman can do for her reproductive potential? Freeze her eggs at a young age. I know, “everything baby” is not where your head’s at right now. We (thankfully) live longer, and there’s a lot you want to achieve before you start thinking about a family. But let’s get real, if your future goal is a baby – you can’t afford to disconnect from the “you” now and the fact that your ovaries are aging. Egg Freezing should be part of your arsenal of life options.
Exploring Egg Freezing can protect your future fertility from not only age, but also the impact of illnesses, surgeries or even long-term medications that might be required down the line. Consider it as a protective, preventive measure that has no risk and that many over time will consider one of the best things they ever did!
Here’s an example: my real life patient who froze her eggs as a single woman at age 41, an age that is already at the outer limits recommended for egg freezing. She returned at 45 with her new husband, thawed the eggs and ended up with two, genetically-tested normal embryos; a male and a female. This same patient had a near 0% chance of conceiving with her eggs at the time she married. 0 %!
This is HUGE & NEW – egg freezing with this level of efficiency only came to be within the last 5 years or so.
EGG FREEZING IS NOT MEANT TO BE A BEST-KEPT SECRET! It needs to be shared with your sisters, cousins, best friends and co-workers. So tell your friends! Our collective voice will help empower women to take control of their reproductive capabilities and give themselves their best chance to build the family they desire, when they desire it.
How better to have it ALL?
Natalie A. Cekleniak, M.D. joined the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science in 2000 and currently serves as Practice Director. Dr. Cekleniak received her B.S. in molecular biology from Haverford College in 1989, and her medical degree from a combined program at Dartmouth Medical School and Brown University School of Medicine in 1993. She subsequently completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.