I am a college student in my early 20’s who currently has no children. I really don’t see myself having children anytime soon but I am also aware that my "maternal clock" is ticking. What would you recommend as some options for someone who is a young adult like myself who hopes to have children one day, just not anytime soon?

Girlfriend’s Response:

Thank you so much for your question. We are so happy that young women like yourself are taking control of their reproductive life span and taking advantage of all the options that are available today.

Schedule an appointment on Day 3 of your menstrual cycle (yes, you will be bleeding) with a Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) or Infertility Physician to have your fertility assessed. Many women assume because they are in their 20s that they have no reason to worry about their fertility, and most are correct. However, some women experience premature ovarian failure or have other risk factors that may cause their fertility window to close early. During the RE visit, he/she will run a panel of labs, perform a vaginal probe ultrasound, and collect a gynecological, reproductive and general medical history to get a clear picture of your fertility. By the end of this visit, your physician will be able to inform you whether your fertility appears normal, whether any part of your examination was abnormal, and any follow up that he/she would recommend.

During this visit, ask your RE and their staff about Egg Freezing or Vitrification. Egg Freezing is a procedure where ovarian follicles are stimulated, eggs are harvested and frozen for future use. Egg freezing is relatively new and is not guaranteed to yield viable eggs once they are thawed. However, currently it is the only option for women to preserve their fertility if they choose to wait to have a baby.

Although egg freezing is becoming more common, not all of the procedure is covered by your insurance. RE practices across the country charge between $12,000-$17,000 so be sure to ask your RE’s staff for their cost and insurance coding information so you can verify benefits with your insurance carrier.