Waiting to Have Kids? Here's Your Options

Reproductive Care Center

(KUTV) Salt Lake City - More women are waiting until after the 20s to start having kids. However, biological clocks never stop ticking. Brooke Mangum sat down with Dr. Andrew K. Moore, board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, reproductive endocrinology, and infertility, to discuss what options women have to make sure they're able to have a child safely in their late 30s or early 40s.

Valentines Day is a time when couples are focusing on their romantic relationship, and in the background, for couples of reproductive age, is often thoughts of children. Many feel conflicted between messages from their internal biological clock (ticking loudly), and feeling that they are not ready to become a parent. Women are delaying child bearing for many reasons. Many don’t have a partner that they are sure they want to have family with. Many delaying for career goals or financial security. Many aren’t aware of impact of age on fertility.

Awareness is more important than ever, because delay can really have an impact, and because we now have technology that can help many resolve the conflict between choice to delay childbearing and the incessant tick-tock of the clock. Utah is a state known for storing up for the future, why not preserve future fertility? Egg Freezing and embryo freezing technology has made leaps and bounds in past 15 years, now is better and less expensive than ever. Many employer insurances are beginning to cover. A round of egg freezing typically costs ~$8000, for a ~50% chance of baby. ~5-6 visits, treatment lasts <2 weeks to freeze average of 10-20 eggs. Freezing embryos has higher success than that for women who have a partner. So most can preserve their fertility for a fraction of the cost of raising the child that comes from this treatment.

Recommendation: If between ages of 30 and 35 without prospects of pregnancy in near future, or you may have gotten started late in comparison to your family goals, make appointment with fertility specialist to discuss current fertility and future plans, benefits and risks of egg freezing.

You can learn more by going to FertilityDr.com. And if you call today (February 9th, 2018), you will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to Thanksgiving Point's Valentine Dinner Dance on February 10th at 6 PM. Call Reproductive Care Center at 801-878-8888 for details.

About Dr. Moore:

He completed his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University and his medical training at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine in Rochester, NY. He focused on obstetrics and gynecology completing his obstetrics residency at the prestigious Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Moore developed a keen interest in helping infertile patients during his residency. He came to understand the many challenges they face when trying to build their families. He decided to specialize in infertility and completed a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Louisville, School of Medicine. He was Assistant Professor, of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Utah and a member of the Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine’s staff from 2012-2016. Dr. Moore also served as a Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baystate Medical Center and a Clinical Instructor at the University of Louisville, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Moore has received scholastic awards, published various articles, and participated in several research studies.