Whether because of financial stress, lack of a partner, or career ambitions, many women and couples (particularly millennials) are putting off having children. Recently the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released new data showing the national birthrate has dropped to an all-time low. And more incredibly, the number of women becoming first-time moms at 35 or older has steadily increased.
But unfortunately, evolution hasn’t yet caught up to modern-day wishes, as women are still their most fertile between 21 and 25. It’s for this reason that egg freezing has become a popular choice among young women.
The Purpose of Freezing Your Eggs
Unlike a man’s sperm (which is consistently making more of itself), a woman is born with all of the eggs she’ll have in her lifetime. As women age, their eggs become less viable and their chances of infertility slowly increase. If you’re considering having children later in life, freezing your eggs while in your 20s will give you the best possible chance to conceive.
Why More Women Are Freezing Their Eggs
With couples choosing to have children later in life, the egg freezing process gives many women peace of mind. Should they chose to have children down the road, their chances of conceiving are much greater with 25-year-old eggs, rather than 35-year-old eggs.
Will Egg Donation Deplete my Egg Count?
One of the most common questions we get from women in their 20s looking to donate is, “Will donating make it harder for me to conceive in the future?” It’s a more than reasonable question to have, as one would assume the more eggs a woman donates, the fewer she has for herself to use. However, that’s not the case. Contrary to popular belief, donating your eggs does not reduce your current supply.
During a woman’s menstrual cycle, roughly 15 - 20 eggs begin developing inside her ovaries. However, only one follicle reaches maturity during that time and releases an egg. The other dozen or more eggs that do not mature are then discarded by your body. During the egg donation process, medication helps your body fully develop all 15 - 20 eggs. In the end, you’re never “loosing” more eggs than you naturally put out.
Can I Freeze My Eggs If I’ve Donated Before?
Not only can you, but we encourage it! We find that many women who donate at Asian Egg Bank use their compensation to pay for their own fertility treatments. While they don’t feel as though they’re ready to be mothers now, they want the option to be available in the future.Asian Egg Bank was established to satisfy the ever-rising demand for Asian egg donors. Thanks to rigorous quality and screening standards, we are able to offer the highest quality eggs to improve the chances of a successful pregnancy. Give us a call at 858.381.3224 for more information!