“Three weeks after the retrieval, a friend set me up with Aaron: a smart, gorgeous, half-Israeli, 36-year-old single father. We’ve been dating for eight months, and recently spoke of our wish to have kids. I was relieved I could tell him, “Don’t worry, I’m in no rush because I recently froze time.”
Read “Freeze My Eggs-Please!” in which Susie Kanter shares her personal experience freezing her eggs and how egg freezing gives many a chance at motherhood.
-Susie Kantar has been published in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Cosmopolitan Magazine. She is currently working on a memoir.
Women in their 30s and 40s exhibit a mix of wishful thinking and woeful ignorance when it comes to their fertility. Why?
“A 42-year-old single friend tells me she is thinking of freezing her eggs. I nod with a tight, fake smile. I’m torn: on the one hand, I know how tough everything to do with fertility is because my husband and I have been trying to have a baby since we got married three and a half years ago when I was 41 and he was 45. On the other hand, going through this, and writing about it for The New York Times Motherlode blog, I’ve amassed a vast trove of information about in vitro fertilisation (IVF), egg-freezing and women’s fertility…….” READ FULL ARTICLE
Extend Fertility CEO & Founder, Christy Jones, discusses the original inspiration for starting Extend Fertility and it’s mission. Watch her interview which is featured in Harvard Business School’s Making A Difference Collection. Watch here.
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Extend Fertility, CEO, Christy Jones weighs in on Facebook and Apple’s move to pay for female employees to have their eggs. “The great news is it brings more choice to women……this is the next frontier of offering women more choices……I think it’s really wonderful that these companies are so forward looking.” Watch here.
Apple and Facebook offer women a game-changing perk as they will pay for women to freeze their eggs. “The attitude toward egg freezing is very different,” and more positive, than just a few years ago, said Christy Jones, founder of Extend Fertility, a company that offers and promotes egg freezing across the country. Women are making the proactive decision to freeze their eggs at a younger age, and the choice is “more one of empowerment than ‘this is my last chance.'” Read more here.
Specialists say fertility techniques that have enabled women with cancer to store eggs and ovarian tissue should be made widely available to healthy women. All women should have the chance to freeze their eggs in their 20s or early 30s to avoid having fertility problems if they want to conceive later in life, experts in the UK say. Read the full article.
This is a common question I get from women planning to freeze their eggs. It’s best to answer this question from an embryo perspective – how many embryos will be transferred per pregnancy attempt? The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has created age-based recommendations on the number of embryos to transfer in order to maximize pregnancy rates and limit multiple pregnancies. For women under the age of 35, the recommendation is to transfer 1-2 embryos; for women 35-40 the recommended number is 3-4 and for women over 40, up to 5 embryos. These guidelines are based on the age when the eggs were retrieved and frozen and not the age at time of embryo transfer. In fact, healthy women can undergo an embryo transfer well into their 50’s.
As a general rule, I recommend women consider freezing twice as many eggs as the number of embryos needed. This accounts for the fact that not all eggs will thaw, fertilize or grow into healthy embryos. For example, a 36- year old woman may want to consider freezing 10 eggs in order to obtain 5 embryos, enough for two embryo transfers each consisting of 2-3 embryos. The published birth rate per embryo transfer at the Santa Monica Fertility Egg Freezing Center is 45%. Two embryo transfers would give that woman a good chance of achieving at least one pregnancy.
Although there are tests that can estimate the number of eggs likely to be retrieved per egg freezing cycle, it is usually better to wait until the cycle is over to see how many eggs you have to freeze, and then make your decision about potentially planning additional cycles.
As always, egg freezing represents only one path to motherhood. Taking sometime between egg freezing cycles to consider other options is the best path to take.