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Egg Freezing for Younger Women

As the average age of new mothers is increasing and many women are waiting longer to have children, egg freezing is increasing in popularity and demand. The technique is giving women past the age of 25 the opportunity to store their eggs at their current age and ultimately slow down their biological clock.


As the average age of new mothers is increasing and many women are waiting longer to have children, egg freezing is increasing in popularity and demand. The technique is giving women past the age of 25 the opportunity to store their eggs at their current age and ultimately slow down their biological clock.

Demeter Fertility’s Dr David Knight and his wife, Dr Sonya Jessup, are fertility experts who have been through the IVF process together. As an IVF specialist who has walked the path of his patients, Dr Knight understands the interest from young women who are considering freezing their eggs for later in life because they are not yet at the stage of having children.
“Scientific technology has resulted in women having the opportunity to delay childbearing due to personal circumstances, such as work or relationships,” says Dr Knight. “Having this opportunity means that their eggs can be safely frozen when they are younger, then fertilised and implanted at a later date when the woman feels ready to have a child,” he says.
The chance of a woman falling pregnant naturally from 35 to 40 years decreases to less than 10%, per month, however if she freezes her eggs at a younger age, they can be stored as the most viable eggs she will ever have. Both the ovary and eggs age with time, but the uterus does not and can successfully carry a pregnancy into a woman’s 40s.

“Egg freezing offers women with cancer some hope that they will still be able to have children after treatment,” says Dr Knight. “The woman’s eggs can be preserved prior to any surgery, chemotherapy or radiation that she may go through, as sadly many of these treatments can destroy the eggs, resulting in infertility. The eggs are frozen at temperatures near -200 degrees Celsius and can be stored for a standard period of 10 years.”

“There is no reason that women wishing to try and preserve their fertility should be excluded from accessing this technology,” he added.

These days, many women are choosing to have healthy and successful pregnancies later in life using their eggs from when they were younger. It is important however for any woman considering having a baby to receive tailored information to their specific situation and age, therefore ensuring they are making the most of their natural fertility.

For more information on freezing your eggs or to speak with a fertility specialist, please contact us. 

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