Advancements In Egg Freezing
Is your biological clock ticking? With new advances in egg freezing, we can stop your ovarian function in time. Hi. I’m Doctor Wendy Schillings. As we all know, as women age, their egg function declines. This typically happens when a woman is in her thirties. However in her thirties, it is just a slow decline. Once a woman reaches forty, it is typical that about eighty percent of her eggs are chromosomally abnormal. And once a woman reaches 45, almost a hundred percent.
With new advances in egg freezing, women have many more possibilities. Women in their twenties, are busy spending time on their education and starting their careers. It is also the best time for childbearing. Egg freezing allows them more possibilities. If a woman freezes her eggs in the twenties, then they will be available in her thirties or forties, when she is ready for childbearing.
It’s important to understand that this is not a guarantee, however is an insurance policy that can help them in the future. Also as women age, pregnancies can become more difficult, so it’s important for women to stay healthy. This process requires some medication and it does require some early morning appointments. However it is typical that it only requires one day off of work.
More women should consider egg cryopreservation. This is a new possibility for women that opens up their reproductive potential. I would be happy to talk about the pros and cons of this procedure with you.
WENDY SCHILLIGNS, MD, FACOG
Dr. Schillings is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist, obstetrician and gynecologist. She leads all aspects of patient care at RMAPA. In addition, she formerly led the medical team at RE & I Specialist with the Lehigh Valley Physician Group. Dr. Schillings is chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Lehigh Valley Hospital Health Network and Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn State College of Medicine.