Innovative Fertility Center Provides Women with Choices for Their Fertility
Today’s modern women have choices about their life paths. Often, young women decide to pursue education, career, travel or other experiences before settling down to start their families. Unfortunately, many women mistakenly believe their fertility has an unrestricted time table. Dr. Mark Rispler of Innovative Fertility Center wants to educate young women on the truth about fertility and offer options such as elective fertility preservation.
What you should know about female fertility
The female body works differently than the male reproductive system. Men continuously produce sperm, but a woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have. Although stories seem to abound of women having babies in their 40s, the reality is that getting pregnant becomes more difficult as you age. With elective fertility preservation, Dr. Rispler can help ensure that you have options when the time is right.
Elective fertility preservation stops the clock
When it comes to getting pregnant, the age of the egg matters more than the age of the woman. The peak time for the quality and quantity of healthy eggs is in your mid-20s. By age 35, significant deterioration begins to occur. At age 40, a woman has only a 5 percent chance of conceiving without assistance, and about a 50 percent chance of having eggs with chromosomal abnormalities, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
Who should consider elective fertility preservation?
The ideal candidate for elective fertility preservation should meet the following criteria:
- 19 to 35 years of age
- Good overall health
- Commit to at least three weeks for the retrieval process
- Agree to an infectious disease screening
Advanced technology makes egg freezing possible
Until recently, limited options were available for elective fertility preservation. Traditionally, eggs have not survived cryopreservation (freezing) and thawing without damage. A new fast-freezing process called vitrification allows Dr. Rispler to offer egg-freezing as a choice.
How elective fertility preservation works
If you decide to pursue elective fertility preservation, expect the following steps:
1) Consultation and Evaluation
First, Dr. Rispler will meet with you to discuss elective fertility preservation. We will also take a complete medical history, conduct blood tests and perform a vaginal ultrasound to determine the appropriate treatment.
To achieve the maximum number of eggs, Dr. Rispler will prescribe certain fertility drugs that will control your cycle and prepare your body for the retrieval.
3) Retrieval and Preservation
On the designated day, you will return to Innovative Fertility Center and Dr. Rispler will retrieve the eggs during an outpatient procedure. You will be lightly sedated and the appointment should take about 30 minutes. We will then cryopreserve your eggs for future use.
At Innovative Fertility Center, we want our patients to have options when it comes to family planning. Dr. Rispler will explain elective fertility preservation and answer any questions about the process so that you can make an informed decision. Contact our office to schedule an appointment.