Having to choose between having a family and having a career is a decision most women have to make.
While it can be a tough decision, some are opting to delay having a family instead of forgoing it.
Dr. Caitlin Dunne works at the Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Vancouver and she says more women are choosing to freeze their eggs.
“For women in their 20’s and 30’s who are concerned about fertility or want to be proactive, egg freezing is a way that they can preserve their eggs when they’re at their optimal quality and if they trouble later in life getting pregnant then those eggs would give them a higher chance of success.”
Dunne says egg freezing is becoming more and more popular for two reasons, one being that the process has come a long way in efficiency and effectiveness.
“Women are choosing to have a family later in life, women are under a lot of pressure in our society these days to have a family, to achieve their education and professional goals and egg freezing allows them to preserve their eggs when they’re at their optimal quality.”
Dunne says in the last two years her clinic has seen a 40% increase in women wanting to freeze their eggs.
She says part of the reason is the advancement in the ways eggs are frozen, which has had a ripple effect.
“Because of the increased efficiency and the increased success of egg freezing the American Society for Reproductive Medicine actually changed the designation in 2013 around egg freezing, making it more commonly available for women electivelly choosing to delay child bearing.”
Dunne says even though the change was made in the U.S., it’s had an effect in Canada too.
But the process isn’t cheap, Dunne says the average price in Canada to freeze your eggs is between seven to ten thousand dollars and another two to three hundred a year to store them.
A new clinic in downtown Edmonton is offering egg freezing to Alberta, a better option for women who used to have to go to Vancouver to do it.