Why Women Freeze Eggs

If you did a “man on the street” interview, or more correctly a “woman on the street” interview, and asked “Why do you think a woman freezes her eggs?” the answer I would expect would be to avoid age related problems with her eggs. Maybe many women do fertility preservation for age reasons, but studies are now showing that the …

How Much Do Young Adults Really Know About Fertility?

Although most people know that fertility declines with age, a new study shows that many young adults don’t have a clear understanding of what age it actually becomes harder to get pregnant.

Researchers in Australia surveyed 1,215 university students with a 34-item online questionnaire regarding their expectations for future parenthood and their fertility knowledge.  Of the students surveyed, only 46 …

California OKs Fertility Preservation

The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), which regulates health care plans covering 26 million California patients, confirmed that fertility preservation prior to medical treatment which could directly or indirectly cause infertility is a covered health benefit under the overarching language of the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975. This decades old statute provides for the coverage …

Does Egg Freezing Come With A Guarantee?

Of course not. Nothing is guaranteed in reproduction.

Freezing your eggs for fertility preservation is certainly not guaranteed to result someday in a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby. In fact as I scan across what’s on the internet I do not see anyone hyping egg freezing as a sure way to protect your fertility. Yet a clinical psychologist in …

Women Over 40 Show a Rise in Conception Rates

The latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that although the birth rate in the United States continues to fall overall, there has been a 4 percent increase in conception among women over 40 years old.  Having children later in life has become more common, but we must remember that as women get older, it becomes more …

Age and Fertility-A Man’s Age

When we think of age and fertility we usually think about a woman’s age. But a man’s age can matter too, according to a recent article in Self magazine. This article was prompted by the pregnancy created by John Stamos, 54, and his wife, Caitlin McHugh.

“In general, maternal and paternal age do impact fertility rates and after age 40, …

Educate Yourself About Egg Freezing

Egg freezing for elective fertility preservation has become more popular over the last several years and, in an ideal world, would give every woman the chance to delay their fertility until they find the right time in their lives to have a child.  As a recent article in the Washington Post points out though, it doesn’t always work out that …

How Long Can Embryos Stay Frozen?

On November 25, 2017, Tina Gibson, a woman in Tennessee gave birth to her daughter, Emma, who had spent 24 years as a frozen embryo.  This is the longest-frozen embryo to successfully come to birth.  Emma weighed 6 lbs. 8 oz. when she was born and is a thriving newborn.

Emma had initially been conceived via in vitro fertilization and …

State Laws to Cover Fertility Preservation

There has been some recent activity in state legislatures in providing coverage for procedures such as egg freezing for fertility preservation for women who are planning to undergo gonadotoxic medical treatments.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law in June, legislation (HB 7124) to require insurance coverage of fertility preservation for insured individuals diagnosed with cancer, or whenever this treatment …

Declining Fertility Rates in the U.S. May Create a Healthcare Crisis

According to the National Vital Statistics System, the general fertility rate in the U.S. is continuing to decline.  It seems that women are waiting longer to have children, a trend that has been recognized since the 1970s.  Over time, the cumulative effect of this may result in a “healthcare crisis” where more healthcare dollars will need to be put into …