How do I know if I should freeze my eggs?
If you want to keep your options open, it’s probably worth looking into. But we’re not here to tell you what to do, just to present you with the facts.
How do I know if I should freeze my eggs?
If you know you’re not having kids any time soon, it’s probably worth looking into. But we’re not here to tell you what to do, only to present you with facts. Only you’ll know if it’s the right call for you.
A quick bio lesson
YOU'RE BORN WITH ALL THE EGGS YOU'LL EVER HAVE
1,000,000
Number of eggs most healthy women are born with
120,000
Number of eggs most women have left by age 30
WHY DOES EGG COUNT MATTER?
We begin losing eggs the moment we're born. The older we get, the fewer eggs we have left. For some women, this might mean greater difficulties getting pregnant, or lower egg freezing success rates.

Every month hundreds of 'follicles' - some containing eggs - are released from your ovaries. One follicle develops into a mature egg, in the hopes of meeting a sperm and becoming fertilized. Egg quantity and egg quality decreasing with age is what contributes to declining fertility. This accelerates for most women in their mid 30s.
THE RESEARCH
Female Age-Related Fertility Decline. Committee Opinion No. 589
Does egg freezing work?
IT DEPENDS ON:
Egg Quantity
(ovarian reserve)
Success rates depend on quantity and quality of eggs frozen. Egg count decreases as we age, so the sooner you secure your eggs, the more eggs you’ll likely be able to retrieve.
THE RESEARCH
Anti-Müllerian hormone-based approach to controlled ovarian stimulation for assisted conception
Egg Quality
(age)
The best proxy science has for egg quality is age, which is why success rates rely heavily on the age of the eggs frozen. Good news is you can use these eggs at almost any age! It's the age they're secured that really matters.
THE RESEARCH
Being a good egg in the 21st century
Age and ovarian reserve are distinct predictive factors of cycle outcome in low responders
What's the best age to freeze your eggs?
The sooner, the better, since that's when you're most likely to have the highest number of high quality eggs. That said, it something considered most between ~25 to ~37.
THE RESEARCH
Female Age-Related Fertility Decline. Committee Opinion No. 589
What are the risks?
Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) can happen when ovaries are over stimulated as a result of the medications used to increase the number of follicles (eggs) in one cycle.
  • More of a risk for younger women, especially those with a higher egg count
  • Mild OHSS can occur 20-33% of the time, but is largely preventable. Your fertility doctor will talk this through with you before designing your treatment plan!
  • Severe OHSS can result in blood clots, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, dehydration and vomiting
THE RESEARCH
An update on the prevention of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome

Reasons people freeze their eggs
  • To alleviate the stress of needing to find the right partner now
  • Increase chances of having kids later, when and if you want them
  • Backup, in case conceiving is difficult
  • To be used for babies #2 and #3, when you're likely to trying to conceive older
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