How Many Eggs to Freeze

Our doctors can provide guidance about how many eggs to freeze

If you’re considering fertility preservation, you may be wondering how many eggs to freeze. Our Dallas egg freezing specialists believe that it’s important to be proactive about your reproductive future, so they are always happy to answer any and all questions related to egg freezing, including this very important and common query.

What to know before deciding how many eggs to freeze

When you’re deciding how many eggs to freeze for fertility preservation, it’s important to understand the first step of the egg freezing process. During this step, you will take medications to stimulate the development and maturation of multiple eggs in your ovaries. Our Dallas egg freezing specialists will take into account your fertility test results and continually monitor you during this process to determine how much medication you should take to safely produce as many eggs as possible.

It’s important to keep in mind that each woman is different, so no two women will have exactly the same response to the medications used for ovarian stimulation. For example, an older woman or a woman with fertility issues may only produce five to six eggs per egg freezing cycle. In contrast, a healthy, young woman may produce up to 20 eggs.

Deciding how many eggs to freeze

The number of eggs that you need to freeze varies depending on your age and how many children you would like to have in the future. According to a 2017 study in Fertility and Sterility, women should consider freezing the following number of eggs to achieve at least one live birth.

  • Women under 35 should freeze 15 mature eggs for an 85% chance of having at least one child.
  • Women 38 to 40 should freeze 30 mature eggs for an 80% chance of having at least one child.
  • Women 38 to 40 should freeze 30 mature eggs for a 75% chance of having at least one child.
  • Women 40 to 42 should freeze 30 mature eggs for a 50% chance of having at least one child.

Again, every woman is different, so these numbers are meant to serve as general guideline, and there is no number that guarantees a healthy pregnancy. However, our Dallas egg freezing specialists do tell patients that they are more likely to need multiple egg freezing cycles to achieve their family-building goals if they are older or want to have a big family.

If you are interested in fertility preservation, the team at our Dallas egg freezing center can explain how many eggs to freeze based on your age, fertility and family-building goals. We are happy to guide you on your egg freezing journey. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.