At SRM, we have recently seen a growing interest in egg freezing among women exploring options to extend their fertility. Just a few years ago, egg freezing was still considered “experimental”and relatively rare—limited mainly to patients undergoing cancer treatment who wanted to preserve their fertility for the future.
But in the past few years, we have seen egg freezing become increasingly mainstream. One reason is that a new egg-freezing method called vitrification has dramatically improved success rates. Second, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) lifted the “experimental” label from the procedure in 2012. Another surge in interest came when Facebook and Apple announced in 2014 they would cover the cost of egg freezing for their female employees.
As a result of these recent developments, egg freezing has garnered a lot of headlines lately. But while there is definitely a lot of “buzz” about egg freezing, women who are interested in the procedure for themselves still have a lot of questions about how it works and whether it might be right for them.
Recognizing that women have questions, Seattle Reproductive Medicine (SRM) hosted two informal gatherings in 2015 for women interested in learning about egg freezing from our fertility medicine experts and getting their questions answered. Turnout for both events was higher than expected. We’ve learned from the experience that there is indeed a strong interest in egg freezing as an option.
In future blog posts we will address some of the most common questions that women are asking. For now, we’ll start with answering this one:
Q: What is the best age for a woman to freeze her eggs?
A: Age 32–37 is really the best time to freeze eggs. But we recommend talking to a reproductive endocrinologist if you’re interested in freezing your eggs, no matter what your age.
Look for more information about this topic on the blog. What to attend an informational event on egg freezing? Visit Egg Revolution for more details.