A recent Wall Street Journal article says that 20% of U.S. women are waiting until after age 35 to start their families. This represents a huge increase in just the last 10 years. The reasons women are choosing to wait include:
- focusing on career and professional advancements
- waiting for the right partner
- pursuing advanced degrees
- desire for more financial stability before starting a family
- unexpected health complications for themselves or their partners
But with each passing year, women may face added challenges to getting pregnant. Fertility declines rapidly after age 30 and even more so after the age of 35. A healthy 30-year-old has approximately a 20% chance each month of getting pregnant, while a healthy 40-year-old has about a 5% chance each month–in many cases, even with the help of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). Many are choosing to preserve their fertility, by freezing their healthy eggs, and in doing so, they are taking a lead role in their own reproductive health.
Fertility Preservation began as an option for women who needed to undergo chemotherapy and radiation to treat cancer. These women did not want to compromise the health of their future baby as they underwent intensive treatment for the c