Fertility updates: The 2019 guide
The most up-to-date options for starting a family whether you are trying right now, or simply want to be informed for the future...
Want children? Trying? Or maybe you’re just not sure? Charlotte Haigh MacNeil answers all your FAQs and gives you the most up-to-date options for starting a family
I’m not sure if I want children. Should I freeze my eggs just in case?
It could be ‘a good insurance policy,’ asserts Dr Amin Gorgy, co-director of The Fertility & Gynaecology Academy in London, who recommends doing it before the age of 37. ’After that, the quality isn’t like to be good enough,’ he says. ‘Poor-quality eggs are less likely to develop, which is why it can be harder to conceive when older. If you’re using eggs frozen when you were younger, your chances are much better.’
While it once had a reputation for being unreliable, these days, about 90 per cent of eggs survive thanks to ‘vitrification’, the latest technology that avoids the formation of ice crystals during the freezing process. But there are still no guarantees. ‘If a woman under 35 freezes about 12 eggs, she could have up to a 50 per cent chance of success later,’ says De Geeta Nargund, medical director of Create Fetility.
A cycle of egg-freezing can cost up to £5000, and involvesa needle through your vagina to take out the eggs. Mature eggs are stored at a clinic (costing £200 to £300 a year) until you are ready.
If I’ve had an abortion or miscarriage in the past, will that affect my chances of getting pregnant?
Good news – this is very unlikely. ‘Women worry about a condition called Asherman’s syndrome, caused by scar tissue developing in the uterus after a termination,’ says Tim Child, medical director of Oxford Fertility. ‘This can make it difficult for a pregnancy to implant. But Asherman’s is very rare. If anything, a previous pregnancy is usually a reassuring sign you’re fertile.’ About one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage. This is mainly down to abnormal chromosomes in the baby. Most women go on to have a healthy pregnancy.
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