Professional and personal opportunities for women have exploded over the past 30 years, allowing many women to postpone motherhood. Unfortunately, the biology of female eggs hasn’t kept pace. Contrary to men, a woman’s fertility begins to decrease significantly after the age of 35. As a woman ages so do her eggs, creating challenges for women who choose to start a family later in life.
Egg freezing, technically known as oocyte cryopreservation, is a break-through technology in which a woman’s eggs are extracted, frozen and stored. Egg freezing has made great scientific advances in the last few years. In 2012, The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) declared egg freezing no longer experimental. It’s considered a real option for women to extend their fertility and possibly the next most notable social change since the advent of the Pill.
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