Dr Tamara Hunter on ABC 7.30 about the rise of egg freezing

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Rise of egg freezing

Recently, ABC 7.30 invited me to discuss the surging popularity of social egg freezing and to shed light on its emotional, physical, and financial implications.

Fertility specialist about the rise of egg freezing

The rise of egg freezing: A threefold increase over five years

The National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit (NPESU) reports a tripling in the number of women opting for egg freezing from 2015 to 2020. Given the rising interest in this area, ABC 7.30 recently reached out to me for insights on the growing trend of social egg freezing. If you're curious about my thoughts, you can catch the segment on their website or watch the video directly here.

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"As a fertility specialist it is my duty to provide a balanced perspective on egg freezing"

Women freeze their eggs for a variety of reasons, ranging from medical concerns to personal choice. It is crucial to recognise that while egg freezing offers a potential solution, it is not without risks or guarantees. Egg freezing is a medical procedure, and carries certain physical, financial, and emotional burdens that must be carefully considered. As a fertility specialist here in Perth, it is my duty to provide a balanced perspective on this procedure.

The importance of age and timing

One of the key factors in successful egg freezing is the age at which a woman decides to undergo the procedure. While social media influencers and marketing campaigns may suggest freezing eggs in the early twenties, it is important to approach this decision with caution. Women with good ovarian reserve do not necessarily need to rush into egg freezing at such a young age. Ideally, freezing eggs between the ages of 32 and 35 provides a better chance of success. In my blog article, published in July 2021, you can read about the ideal age to freeze your eggs.

The reality of egg quantity and quality

The number of eggs collected during the egg-freezing process significantly impacts the chances of a successful future pregnancy. While the average number of eggs collected tends to decline with age, it is important to note that even a smaller number of eggs can still offer a reasonable chance of conception. However, it is crucial to manage expectations and understand that there are no guarantees.

Financial considerations

Egg freezing is not an inexpensive procedure, and it is essential to evaluate whether it aligns with your current financial situation. Beyond the initial cost, annual storage fees can accumulate quickly. Therefore, it is vital to weigh the financial implications and consider the long-term commitment involved in freezing eggs.

Emotional rollercoaster

Egg freezing is not just a physical procedure; it can also take an emotional toll on individuals. As an IVF doctor in Perth, I've seen countless couples and individuals navigate the highs and lows associated with the process. The journey often intertwines hope, anxiety, excitement, and sometimes disappointment. It's essential to seek support and understanding from both fertility specialists and loved ones during this emotional rollercoaster.

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Thinking about egg freezing? Learn from a Perth IVF doctor and fertility specialist. Understand the facts and make the best choice for you. It's your journey; get the full story before deciding. Make an appointment here.