You have landed your first big job..or

You got into a post-grad program..or

You just got your first home..AND

You should consider your desired reproductive trajectory

Age is the primary condition to consider as you ask yourself: When should I freeze my eggs?

A woman is born with all of the eggs she will ever have, and over time they diminish in number and cellular integrity. Yesterday, we discussed the looming drop off concept to quantity and quality of eggs. This decline explains why a woman in her 40s has only a 5 percent chance for becoming pregnant each month, and her eggs have an increased chance for aneuploidy seen at about 35 years of age.

If a single woman freezes her eggs in her early 30s, she might feel some peace of mind, but it’s still possible that she’ll meet a partner and have no problem getting pregnant the old-fashioned way. But if a woman in her early 40s gets cryopreservation, her chances of having a baby might be much lower than she thinks, thanks to the declining quality of women’s eggs as they get older.

A woman in her prime reproductive years may feel confident about her family building timeline. Having a partner who also feels ready to conceive and a body that will cooperate with the plans will help expedite your goal of becoming a mother. Unfortunately, not every woman has an unimpeded path to pregnancy, and some may wonder how long to wait before exploring fertility preservation.

Egg freezing is not an insurance policy but is a very good option to freeze potentially more viable eggs for use in the future