Maybe you’re in line for that big promotion and want to put off raising a family until you’re better equipped to provide for them. Perhaps you’re in between relationships and feel your biological clock ticking away. Whatever your personal reason is, there is an option that you can explore if you’re interested in putting the idea of children on hold for the time being.
Freezing your eggs can expand your choices and help to eliminate the pressure that comes with having to choose between your current lifestyle and the potential of a future family. Below we have provided a short summary of what to expect, should you decide to pursue egg freezing, in addition to some of the main reasons that make it an attractive option for so many young women.
During the egg freezing procedure, you will first undergo preliminary screening to determine the current state of your reproductive cycle. After these tests, you will take a variety of drugs and hormones that assist in stimulating your ovaries and allow your body to release more eggs than usual.
After your body has been prepared, you will undergo a short egg retrieval procedure in which each available egg is collected from your ovarian follicles. Once the collection has occurred, your eggs will be frozen through an advanced technological process known as vitrification. This technique is proven to provide a more successful freezing outcome.
Now that you know a little more about what’s involved, what are some reasons that would make this such a beneficial treatment for you?
- Improving The Life of Your Future Child
By choosing to freeze your eggs, you’re able to help control the ‘whens’ and ‘hows’ that can accompany your desire to get pregnant. This is an intelligent way to think about growing your family and it allows you to provide a much better life for your potential child.
Empowering yourself to make a decision about conception and childbirth without having to consider your present circumstances or age as a factor, you are making a positive decision about your child’s well-being.
- Planning Your Family
Amidst the hustle and bustle of our modern society, a two-parent household is still the preferred way of raising a child. Romance, however, tends to take second place in the harsh reality of earning a living.
By freezing your eggs until you’ve found the partner that you love and want to share a child with, you’re helping to provide that child with a nurturing environment that both parents can be a part of.
- Focusing On Your Career
We’re living in unstable financial times. This may be weighing on your mind when it comes to family planning. The fact is, you owe it to your future family to be able to provide for them the best that you can. Freezing your eggs is a choice that allows you to stay focused on your career, which in turn means a greater ability to provide for your family later in life.
On the other hand, the idea of having family simply may not be particularly appealing to you at the moment, and you wish first to accomplish more in your professional life while not sacrificing the possibility of starting a family later in life. There is nothing wrong with that.
- Planning for the Worst
Sadly, almost 12% of women will experience breast cancer in their lifetime. Radiation and chemotherapy can have a devastating effect on a woman’s ability to conceive a child. Increasingly, young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer have wisely chosen to have their eggs frozen.
If your family has a history of breast or uterine cancer, then freezing your eggs may provide you with the best chance of having a family.
Your Life, Your Choice
Ultimately, it all comes down to you. Medical technology has given you this wonderful option that allows you much more freedom in how to choose your approach to parenthood.
By freezing your eggs, you’re able to live the life you want to, achieve what you need to achieve, and put yourself in the position where you’re eager and ready to support and nurture a family. The time that you spend with your child should never be a time of regret and disappointment.
Do yourself a favor: research the options and possibilities and make a choice that’s right for you.