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
Number of eggs most healthy women are born with
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 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 sooner, the better, since that's when you're most likely to have the highest number of high quality eggs. That said, it's something considered most between ~25 to ~37. Those over 37 still have a chance to secure viable eggs, but you should get a fertility test to understand how many eggs you have left.