June 20, 2011
Women Freezing Their Eggs To Make Babies Later

Conscious of their aging ovaries more women are having their eggs flash frozen for later use with in vitro fertilization (IVF) to make babies.

In a Manhattan office building on a recent evening, two dozen women all in their 30s and 40s sit in folding chairs, balancing cellphones and glasses of wine. They're gathered for a seminar called "Take Control of Your Fertility."

Dr. Alan Copperman of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York wastes no time laying out this harsh reality: By the time a woman hits her 40s, 90 percent of her eggs are abnormal. The chances of a typical 40-year-old getting pregnant in any given month? Ten percent. Unless, that is, she gets pregnant with her younger eggs eggs she had frozen years before.

Many 40-year-old women are already effectively infertile. The earlier the eggs get frozen the better.

Frozen and then thawed eggs enable high success rates at IVF.

"These days we've sort of cracked the code on egg freezing and the pregnancy rates really are essentially the same as with fresh eggs now," Dr. William Schoolcraft with the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine said.

Want to freeze some of your eggs for when you get older? A Denver Colorado news site puts the cost at about $12,000 to $15,000.

While egg freezing probably makes sense in the 10 to 15 year time frame it won't always be necessary. At some point it will become possible to take adult cells and convert them into eggs in a lab environment. Once that capability is well developed older women will be able get a small tissue sample converted into eggs.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2011 June 20 12:03 AM  Biotech Reproduction

bandit said at June 22, 2011 6:15 AM:

Bad idea - if anything people should be having kids younger not older.

Engineer-Poet said at June 22, 2011 2:00 PM:

Better to have them late than not at all.  It's much harder to change social and economic factors than to use medical technology for one's own purposes.

Frank DiSalle said at June 25, 2011 10:18 AM:

What are the consequences of having children when you are in your forties?
Among other things:
Your chances of seeing them graduate / marry decrease

a. Grandparents' influence on children reduced or eliminated
b. Smaller extended family

Your ability to enjoy physical activities with them is diminished.

There is saying about the age of parents : "Young parents have stamina; old parents have patience."

There are most likely many more things to consider if the average age of parents were to rise.

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