11th April 2016
Dr. Wael Saab believes strongly in the freedom that fertility preservation provides patients, women in particular. Just a few years ago, fertility preservation was reserved for patients for medical reasons only – usually those undergoing cancer treatments that would otherwise generally impair their ability to reproduce in the future. Today, that has all changed.
Presently, more and more people are seeking fertility preservation for social reasons; that is, when there are no medical reasons. Why is this?
Well, there are a number of reasons. Sometimes, modern society just doesn’t flow with nature. Sometimes, a couple isn’t ready. Sometimes, a person just doesn’t have the right partner to raise a child. The social reasons for preserving fertility are many!
Women preserving fertility
In the simplest sense of things, nature just isn’t fair. Women are at their most fertile in their early to mid-twenties, and that is primarily when many women are finishing their studies or just launching their careers. Fertility tends to drop in females around the age of 35.
Thanks to advances in the egg-freezing process, fertility preservation for social reasons has become a reality for women. In the past, egg freezing was not reliable because of the slow-freezing process, and success rates weren’t great. Today, the rapid-freeze, or vitrification, process makes freezing eggs and embryos much easier and has vastly improved success rates.
For a woman, once her eggs are frozen, they can be frozen for many years, which gives her the freedom to become a mother when she is ready, regardless of age. The eggs can be thawed out and fertilized with a partner or donor’s sperm.
Men also often choose to preserve their fertility, but typically the reason is more medically based. Male fertility does drop the older a gentleman gets, but it is not nearly as drastic as it is for women.
Couples preserving fertility
Often, couples choose to have their embryos frozen so they may become parents later on. This is usually the case when a couple wants to have children but the relationship just isn’t ready to add a baby to the mix. In such cases, fertility preservation offers couples more time and allows them to have a child when they are ready – emotionally and financially.
Embryos are frozen using the same rapid-freeze process that eggs are subject to, making the success rate very high. In fact, CRGH has found that the success rate of having a live birth from a frozen embryo is approximately twice the national average depending on the age of the woman.
Therefore, even if there is no medical reason to preserve fertility, it is important that patients know that it is still an option. There is very little reason to let nature control when you have a baby in this day and age. If this is something you’re interested in, talk to us – we have excellent success rates in this treatment.