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NY Times: Freezing Eggs, and Hoarding My Fertility

Sarah Elizabeth Richards
Sarah Elizabeth Richards, author of “Motherhood Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It.”

Do all eggs lead to a pregnancy? Just how many should you freeze to have a successful pregnancy in the future? Sarah Richards, author of Motherhood Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It dealt with these questions, back when the technology and treatment was new, and there weren’t solid answers to be found – leaving her uneasy about how prepare for the unknown.

At 36 years old, Sarah felt uncertain the nine eggs she had frozen would be enough to yield a child in the future. Weighing on Sarah’s mind were all these ‘what ifs’. What if she conceived without the frozen eggs? What if she couldn’t conceive even with the help of IVF? What if she wanted more than one child, would nine eggs be enough?

The questions that Sarah faced aren’t uncommon. In fact, at Shady Grove Fertility, the number of women pursuing egg freezing treatment has doubled year of year since 2011 – the majority of these women are looking for the same answers. This is why, after extensive review of treatment results, Shady Grove Fertility has complied data to help determine how many eggs would be needed to yield a successful singleton pregnancy.

Similar to the fact that an average couple takes five to six months to achieve a pregnancy, not every egg will result in a pregnancy.  Understanding that concept, and reviewing our data with egg thaws, we have learned that the optimum number of eggs to freeze is 15 to 20 mature eggs.  With Shady Grove Fertility’s Assure Fertility Program, qualified women have the opportunity to save up to 20 eggs with 4 egg freezing treatments for one flat fee. Read More

Frozen egg technology has steadily improved, and pregnancy rates are keeping pace. A recent ASRM report, which examined nearly 1,000 published papers, showed frozen eggs are yielding successful pregnancies and healthy babies comparable to in vitro fertilization (IVF) using fresh eggs.

With the continued growth in egg freezing, data has become more reliable providing physicians and patients’ assurance that egg freezing is a reliable fertility option.

To learn more about freezing eggs or to schedule an appointment at Shady Grove Fertility, please speak with one of our New Patient Liaisons at 877-971-7755.

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