Lean In and the Biological Clock

What happens to your fertility during the years of career building?


I just attended a conference on women in leadership where the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (leanin.org) was discussed heavily. Naturally, I left the conference and immediately read the book. The book is very inspiring and really makes a case for women not selling themselves short in their careers.

Both the conference and the book repeatedly brought up the issues of desire for family, pregnancy and maternity leave planning, and returning to work with the inevitable work/life balance. But they never raised the issue of what happens to fertility during the years of career building. Many women, including Sheryl Sandberg, find a partner and “fit in” pregnancy and raising children during their peak career building years. However, many women do not meet a partner (or are unable to “fit in” pregnancy).

Although people know that a woman’s age is the main determinate for chance of pregnancy, most women do not seek consultation with a fertility specialist to discuss ways to protect their chance for pregnancy in the future. Since 2012, egg freezing has not been considered experimental. Egg freezing (for fertility preservation) is a great option for women who want children in the future but have not met a partner or are not at a place in their life that pregnancy and children fit in.

We believe that the chance for pregnancy in the future using frozen eggs is dependent on the age of the woman when the eggs are frozen (so the sooner, the better). As the technology for egg freezing has advanced, the cost of the procedure has decreased making it more affordable than ever before.

If you are interested in learning more about egg freezing or finding out about your fertility options, meet with one of our reproductive specialists to get more information on the full range of options for you.