When you should freeze your eggs and why it matters

Thinking about freezing your eggs? Well, according to new research, the sooner you do it the better.

According to the report released by Human the UK’s Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) the younger women are when their eggs are frozen, the greater the chance of a successful pregnancy.

HFEA examined data from UK fertility clinics from 2010 to 2016, and found that the most important factor for successful pregnancies is the age at which women freeze their eggs.

Women who freeze their eggs when they are younger than 35 have a greater chance of a successful pregnancy after IVF than they would have naturally as they get older.

In the report, HFEA warns against freezing eggs over the age of 40, as the likelihood of conception was so low.

Since the technology came into use in 1999, the number of egg-freezing cycles in the UK has increased each year. It has more than doubled since 2013.

While the age of the eggs is a contributing factor to IVF success, the reality is that with age, the number of eggs decreases – another reason to freeze them at a younger age.

Only about 10-30 per cent of eggs are able to make a baby, so it’s ideal if around 20 eggs are stored.

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