Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Can We "Have It All"?

Being single and in my mid-thirties, I am quite familiar with the steady stream of comments regarding my lack of marriage and children.  Honestly, I know I'm not the only woman half way to 40 plagued by this, but sometimes it feels that way. 

These days more women are postponing motherhood or buying themselves time by opting to freeze their eggs.  Check out the article, Egg Freezing: De-Thaw To "Have It All"; it discusses two woman, Sabrina and Deborah, and their reasons for freezing their eggs. 

Here are a few snippets that I found interesting:
  • "I'm considering freezing my eggs because it feels like it gives me some control back and takes some pressure off me to find someone 'before it's too late'."
  • "Rather than rushing to the alter with anyone willing to put a ring on it, Mendez decided to freeze her eggs and take her time finding the right person.  'It's worth it to have peace of mind and know that I have options when I'm ready to make the right decision for me'."
  • "About 90% of the eggs survive the thawing process. Those resulting in an actual pregnancy vary by age.  For women ages 35 to 37, for example, at the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine has a pregnancy rate of of 75% and a live birth of 70 percent - comparable to IVF success rate -while women 38 to 40 have a pregnancy rate of 62% and a live birth of 61%."
  • "The unspoken secret for patients is to not only ask if they freeze eggs, but also how many patients eggs have been thawed, the survival rate at thawing, the pregnancy rate and finally, the live birth rate -the number that matters most." 

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