This is a sponsored post written in partnership with the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine (CCRM). All opinions are my own.
How do you know when you’re ready to have a baby? From what I’ve heard, no one is really ready for parenthood. It’s just something that you fully embrace when the time is right. Seeing my friends start families of their own has been so eye-opening and it’s been great to see the way that they care for and interact with their children. My husband, Kyle, and I have talked about having kids and starting a family of our own one day. Before getting married, we discussed our plans for the future and when children might fit into the picture and we both agreed that we wanted to be married for a few years and enjoy being newlyweds before welcoming a baby. Kyle and I didn’t live with each other before getting married, so after we tied the knot, we both went through an adjustment period where we just got used to being under the same roof all the time. That phase quickly passed and as the years have gone on, we’ve really enjoyed spending time with each other and still having our own independence.
Aside from spending time with each other, Kyle and I both love to travel, so we’ve always wanted to be sure that we’d have the chance to see places and do things that we wouldn’t necessarily be able to with a newborn. We also want to move into a bigger house and get settled in before having a baby, so those are things that we’ve been considering as well. While we don’t want to put an exact timeline on things, we’ve talked about having a baby after about five years of marriage. Believe it or not, we’ll be celebrating our third wedding anniversary at the end of July, so we’re definitely getting closer and closer to welcoming our own little bundle of joy.
I’ve often wondered what having kids would be like and which traits my children would develop. Would they have my husband’s smarts and sense of humor? Would they have my eyes, nose or lips? I can’t wait to see, but I know that no matter what our kids are like, they’ll be exactly the way they’re supposed to be. While my husband and I haven’t started to have kids just yet, we’ve talked about our options in case I can’t get pregnant naturally. One of the possibilities that we’ve been discussing more recently has been egg freezing. Did you know that your eggs start to diminish in terms of number and quality as you get older? This can make it more difficult to conceive or maintain a pregnancy, so age definitely plays a factor in fertility.
Every woman is different, but typically when you reach your late 30s, half of your eggs will most likely have either too few or too many chromosomes. These abnormalities can sometimes cause failed implantation or miscarriage. I recently learned that women that are in their 40s only have about a 5% chance to become pregnant each month.
Even if you’ve never considered egg freezing before, it’s a great thing to keep in mind if you’d like to become pregnant down the road because it allows you to preserve your fertility for the future. When you freeze your eggs in your 20s or 30s, you can take advantage of your body’s fertility when your eggs are generally their healthiest.
There are a lot of things to think about before deciding if freezing your eggs is right for you. One of the most important decisions is deciding where you freeze your eggs. If your goal is to get pregnant and have a baby, you’d want to work with a fertility clinic that has a proven success rate, right? Why not choose a global leader in fertility treatment? This is why I’d recommend CCRM who pride themselves on an industry-leading approach to fertility research and treatment that offers prospective parents the fastest path to the healthiest baby.
To do your research ahead of time, be sure to check out the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) website. Not all clinics are SART members and that means that they don’t need to necessarily adhere to guidelines that SART-member facilities have in place such as reported success rates, strict practices, as well as advertising and ethical guidelines. CCRM is a member of SART and delivers some of the highest success rates in the industry!
Some other things you should look for and ask yourself when selecting a clinic are:
Is the clinic’s thaw data and success rates exceptional compared to the other clinics you are considering? Freezing isn’t about the freeze, it’s about the clinic’s ability to help you achieve pregnancy when you’re ready to thaw your eggs and create embryos. When compared to others, CCRM’s results exceed most every clinic out there. According to SART, it takes the average CCRM patient 1.2 IVF cycles to get pregnant (versus the national average at 1.6)!
Is the clinic performing all services under one roof? This helps ensure quality control and can expedite test results, analysis and consistency of services. It’s best to freeze your eggs at the same place that thaws them. The industry’s newest boutique clinics do not offer anything more than egg freezing so patients are forced to set their sites on a completely separate facility to thaw the eggs and proceed with pregnancy pursuit. CCRM uniquely conducts all of its services in-house; meaning patients don’t have to go elsewhere to pursue any part of the fertility journey – this promises more safety, patient-to-physician connection and less stress overall.
Moreover, oftentimes, boutique egg freezing clinics will freeze and run. Meaning, once you’ve frozen your eggs, there’s no need to further your relationship with the physician and clinic. On the contrary, CCRM promises to be a “partner for life in fertility” from egg freezing, to IVF and 10 years down the line to check in and ensure your reproductive life is going smoothly. Whether that means having another baby or struggling to do so, CCRM physicians provide life-long support through simple and difficult journeys.
Ninety-seven percent of patients would recommend to family and friends to CCRM. It’s no wonder that people are so satisfied with CCRM – more than 50,000 babies have been born through fertility treatments at their clinics. Between highly skilled physicians and top-notch equipment and facilities, CCRM continually excels at success rates and patient satisfaction. Unlike many other fertility clinics that outsource their specialists and testing needs, CCRM leverages its own data, as well as a dedicated team of in-house reproductive endocrinologists, embryologists and geneticists in order to deliver consistent, successful results.
You can find CCRM in 25 locations across the U.S. and Canada, serving 11 major metropolitan areas. If you live in or near cities like Atlanta, Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, New York, Northern Virginia/D.C., Minneapolis, Orange County, San Francisco Bay Area and Toronto, there’s a CCRM clinic near you.
In the coming weeks, I’m going to be sharing a blog post that talks through the egg freezing process. I’ll provide more details then so stay tuned to my blog, but if you’re interested in reading over some egg freezing FAQs from CCRM, you can click here to check those out.
Now, I want to know which questions you have about egg freezing. Is it something that you’ve ever thought about or considered? Do you have any questions about the egg freezing process that you’d like to have answered in my next blog post? Leave me a comment below and let me know.