Nowadays assisted reproduction techniques allow us to delay the age at which we have children thanks to the freezing or cryopreservation of a woman’s eggs when she is still at a fertile age.
On the other hand, according to the INE (National Statistics Institute in Spain), the average age at which women have children in Spain has increased from 25.2 years in 1975 to 30.6 years in 2014; and it has kept increasing in the past years. In fact, Spain and Italy are the EU countries where women become mothers the latest.
But… why is it so important to preserve fertility?
Maybe a few years ago you wouldn’t have considered this possibility, or you didn’t even know it was available, but if you are currently around 30 years old and you do not exclude the possibility of becoming a mother at some point in your life, you would benefit from learning about the advantages of preserving your fertility through the simple procedure that we offer here at IVF Spain.
The first thing to bear in mind is that, from 35 years old on, a woman’s ovarian reserve reduces drastically. This translates into a smaller amount of and lower quality eggs. Counting on good quality eggs in any pregnancy attempt is key to avoid implantation failure, miscarriages and genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome or muscular dystrophy among others.
For this reason, IVF Spain recommends women to take care of their reproductive ability by periodically checking the state of their ovarian reserve in order to preserve their fertility if needed.
Would you like to find out why preserving your fertility can help you in your personal life?
1. Enjoying your life with your partner before becoming parents
In a relationship, having children brings important changes, such as, for example, adapting both of your lifestyles to the new responsibilities related to parenting, the negotiated sharing of such tasks and a general decrease in the quality time spent with your spouse.
However, a couple that has had the chance to enjoy for several years a romantic relationship full of meaningful moments together, such as: trips, family and social reunions, professional development, lifestyle improvements for both, etc. is generally much better prepared emotional to face the new challenge of forming a family than a couple than has not had this chance.
2. More financial stability and dedication to your children
Thanks to advances in reproductive medicine, it’s no longer necessary to give up a professional career in order to have children. Women in our society are now able to delay the age at which they have children and stop their eggs from aging.
Having children at a point of professional stability, also implies more financial stability, which is necessary to face the expenses of this new life.
Choosing the ideal time to have children not only offers you more financial stability, but also the chance to spend more time with your children and provide them with more attention and a better education.
3. Not giving up efficacy or having a healthy baby after 35
The steps to follow in a fertility preservation treatment start with a controlled ovarian stimulation and cutting edge technology, with the aim of obtaining the largest possible amount of eggs to finally preserve those of highest quality.
This way, when a 35+ year old woman that has preserved her fertility, decides to become a mother, she has the guarantee of relying on her own eggs with the quality of when she was 25.
In any in vitro treatment the good state of the eggs is crucial to avoid implantation failures, miscarriages and something very important that most parents are concerned with nowadays: genetic alterations.
4. Independence and peace of mind
Cryopreserving your oocytes implies taking control of the choice to become a mother. Once you cryopreserve your eggs you can relax since time will not affect them. Social, family and peer pressure that constantly reminds you that you should have children before becoming too old for it, will not affect you anymore. Furthermore, being informed about your ovarian reserve and egg quality will allow you more independence and peace of mind.
5. Special cases
Lastly we would like to highlight the case of women with oncological issues and diseases such as lupus, which affect fertility, for whom fertility preservation is especially recommended.
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