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QUESTION - Saving Eggs?

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, January 20, 2012 | 0 comments

Mary asks: I'm in my 30's and wonder can I save some eggs or when do you run out I know it's different for everyone. If you are on birth control does that save your eggs?
Thank you so much , Mary

Catherine answers: Yes, it is possible to freeze eggs, if you can afford it. You would need a fertility doctor to help you.

You are born with about 500,000 egg cells and by puberty there are about 75,000 left. Only about 400 to 500 ever mature fully to be released during the menstrual cycle. Menopause is the last stage of a gradual biological process in which your ovaries reduce their production of female sex hormones.

You never actually run out of eggs, your body just stops making enough of these necessary sex hormones as you age. When you hit menopause, you still have 1,000 eggs or more left - but they may not be of good quality, and your body may not be producing enough estrogen and progesterone to maintain a pregnancy.

No, birth control does not save your eggs - every cycle an egg is matured. If you are using the birth control pill, the mature egg will deteriorate and be re-absorbed by your body. It depends on the type of birth control you use, how much it would affect your fertility.

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