Feature: Egg Freezing and the Fertility Gender Gap

While women continue to fight for equality in the workplace, the gender gap when it comes to fertility continues to differ greatly between men and women – thanks to the binding constraints of biology.

According to a survey conducted by the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada (IAAC), almost half (43 per cent) of British Columbians report having been affected by infertility personally or through family, friends and acquaintances.

For women, eggs decrease in number and quality with age. For men on the other hand, new sperm is created every 2-3 months.  It may seem unfair, but thanks to modern fertility treatments such as egg freezing, women are no longer forced to make life-changing decisions based solely on the time constraints of age and female fertility.

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Dr. Sonya Kashyap, Genesis Fertility Centre

Dr. Sonya Kashyap – the Medical Director of Genesis Fertility Centre, shared in a recent post called, We Can Close The ‘Fertility Gender Gap’, “I believe that women deserve to understand their reproductive options and that these days education about egg freezing is as important as education about contraception when it comes to family planning. It should always be a woman’s choice whether or not to proceed but the education should be part of the well woman exam.”

She strives to not only start the conversation about alternate reproductive options, but to change the conversation – replacing the term ‘infertility’ with ‘fertility’, by presenting egg freezing as a successful tool to help close the fertility gender gap.

How does egg freezing work?

In the egg freezing process, eggs are extracted, frozen, and stored until the woman is ready to conceive. When ready, the eggs are warmed, fertilized, and inserted into the womb. While there are no guarantees with this process, advances in technology have seen an egg survival rate of over 90 percent, achieving comparable pregnancy rates of similarly aged in vitro fertilization (IVF) patients who use fresh eggs.

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Genesis Fertility Centre

What are the benefits of egg freezing?

Egg freezing can reduce the time constraints and pressures surrounding finding the right partner, achieving career goals, and procreating before the possibility of infertility greatly increases due to a lower number of eggs available and a reduced quality of eggs that can occur over time.

As women get older, so do their eggs, and their ability to reproduce. Freezing melts away that sense of urgency that has existed around getting pregnant before a certain age. The process allows women to pursue motherhood when they’re ready – a freeing option for those who would prefer to wait.

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Genesis Fertility Centre

To learn more about egg freezing and your fertility options, visit www.genesis-fertility.com.