Women – Aging, Freezing Eggs, and Divorce

If you are like many other women, you know that aging can take a toll on your eggs, and thus, on your ability to reproduce when the time comes that you want to bring a child to life. Whether you are married and not yet ready for the complications a little one can add to your life, or perhaps you are single and waiting to find someone to mingle your DNA with, chances are if you are freezing your eggs, you are looking to the future.


Technology has come far in recent years, and one of those technologies affects the ability of women to elect to freeze eggs as a sort of insurance for healthy and genetically viable children in the future. If you choose this route, your eggs can be harvested and frozen for later use. Beware, not all eggs make the trip, and processing and storing of your eggs can be fairly expensive.


As you age, your chances of becoming pregnant decline rapidly after the age of 35. Once you hit 40 years of age, your body begins to alter the chromosomal makeup of your eggs, thus causing more abnormal pregnancies and miscarriages. By the time you are 45, your chance of becoming pregnant is only 3 percent – and the chance continues to decline as you age.


As with all new technology, the legalities of who owns the frozen eggs is still being fought in courts all over the world, especially in the United States. If a couple choose to freeze embryos, the matter becomes even more complicated after a divorce as both spouses fight for legal rights. If you find yourself with questions about freezing your eggs and divorce, contact your Howard County attorney.

Someone once said that if there is anything certain in life, it is that nothing is certain, and that is true of aging, eggs, and divorce. You never know what the future will bring.