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An OBGYN shares 5 things you may not know about when it comes to freezing your eggs

Despite years of (incredibly insensitive) media speculation around her choice to not have children, Jennifer Aniston has opened up about her 'challenging road' with infertility.

“It was really hard,” she told Allure magazine. “I was going through IVF, drinking Chinese teas, you name it. I was throwing everything at it. I would’ve given anything if someone had said to me, ‘Freeze your eggs. Do yourself a favour.’ You just don’t think it. So here I am today. The ship has sailed.”

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Jennifer Aniston opens up about infertility


We spoke with OBGYN & fertility specialist, Dr Joseph Sgroi, who shared 5 things you may not know about when it comes to freezing your eggs.

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Dr Joseph Sgroi

  • Timing: Women are most fertile between the ages of 20-35. Ideally, you should be thinking of freezing your eggs in this time frame as quality and quantity declines by the age of 40

  • Success rate: Not all eggs will survive the thawing stage, however, the odds are in your favour. Around 85-90% will survive, it's then just like using a fresh egg!

  • Collecting 20 eggs below the age of 35 will give you around a 90% chance of success

  • The reasons for egg freezing will vary from woman to woman. Egg freezing is a great way to preserve your fertility, without the pressures of work or relationships. It also gives the gift of time if a woman is simply not ready to consider pregnancy.

  • Ovary stimulation involves high doses of follicle stimulating hormone so we can collect as many eggs as possible, therefore increasing the chances of creating healthy embryos.

Dr Joseph Sgroi is a Melbourne based Obstetrician/Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist. He provides comprehensive care from preconception right through to the birth of your baby.


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