The women’s movement of the 1960s brought about many great economic, educational, and social improvements. While we all agree that this is a great accomplishment, our human biology unfortunately didn’t agree with this.
With these new societal gains, came delayed childbearing so that one can achieve their dreams and goals. Women were waiting until their mid 30s and 40s to have children, which is usually about the time the one feels economically independent. However, it is during these years that one’s fertility begins to diminish, causing many to deal with infertility.
Fertility Preservation techniques are currently being optimized so that this will not be a problem. Moreover, those who have an urgent need to preserve their fertility, such as those who will undergo radio and/or chemotherapy for cancer, can also have access to these technologies. We can currently preserve embryos for all patients with excellent future pregnancy rates. However, one needs sperm to fertilize an egg to create an embryo, a problem for many who don’t have a committed partner, unless one elects to go to a sperm bank.
Egg freezing we’re hoping will soon be an even more reliable solution that will preserve one’s fertility. Currently, Egg Freezing is considered experimental and should not be performed outside of an approved experimental protocol from a research institution or approved fertility center. Success rates are improving, but are not exceptional to this point, requiring the harvesting of several eggs so that hopefully one of these not only survives the freeze and thaw, but also retain its competency to be fertilized and grow as an embryo in the future. When this becomes a more reliable technique, the day may arrive in which single women in their early 30s can begin banking their eggs until they find a partner they wish to have a child with leveling the playing field with men so that a woman doesn’t have to feel her “biological clock” ticking.
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