If I freeze my eggs, will menopause happen sooner?
February 28, 2020Articles
This is not true. This myth stems back to ovarian reserve: a woman’s ovaries store all of her eggs, the amount she’s born with at birth which is about 300,000. The number of available eggs declines as women age.
Every month, a small clutch of eggs get activated and become available to grow. Out of that clutch (group), the normal process is that one becomes the dominant egg that will get selected and mature while the rest in the cohort regress. Some women have a higher egg count, or more follicles, while others have fewer follicles.
When a woman elects to freeze her eggs, the hormone medication is only capable of stimulating the group of eggs that are already activated – those in the clutch/group at this time of the month are destined to be removed from “inventory” by the end of that monthly cycle. Even for a woman who freezes 24 eggs in an egg-freezing cycle, that is the inventory we have access to at the time. It is important to understand that each month, a woman loses the amount she is going to lose whether she freezes them or not, and every month a new group will be activated.
Ladies-consider egg freezing.