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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 10:11 am | Updated: 10:24 am, Thu Sep 5, 2013.

If you’re looking to potentially preserve fertility, egg freezing may be an option.

Women can actually freeze their eggs until they’re ready to start a family down the road, whether it’s for medical or personal reasons.

Egg freezing was considered experimental until last fall.  It requires stimulating the ovary using hormone injections to produce more eggs than it normally would.  The eggs are removed or ‘retrieved’ when they are mature and are frozen for later use. Once you freeze eggs, they don’t age.

It’s important to keep in mind that not all frozen eggs can fertilize when thawed, but egg freezing does give women another chance if they hope to have children in the future.

Egg freezing is also an option for women undergoing cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, which could harm fertility.

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