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What Really Motivates Women to Freeze Their Eggs?

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October 19, 2013

A study presented this week at the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) and American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) joint conference examined motivations behind fertility preservation; what drives women to freeze their eggs (an elective procedure)?

The study was presented by Georgia Witkin, Ph.D., a psychologist with Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York.

Study findings suggest that women freeze their eggs for a variety of social and medical reasons. One of the most common concerns amongst egg freezing patients included potential inability to conceive in the future due to health problems. This might imply that women do recognize a link between age/health risks and fertility, and that they consider egg freezing to be as much of a medical treatment as it is an elective treatment.

Other participants reported freezing their eggs because they were not currently interested in becoming a single mother by choice and did not have a partner with whom they wished to start a family. Those who froze their eggs for future fertility were undecided as to whether they wanted to have children, but saw egg freezing as a promise of greater success when trying to conceive later in life. For many, egg freezing is like an insurance policy and a chance at parenthood should it become an important pursuit for them down the road.

Though time is certainly of the essence when it comes to fertility, egg freezing allows women to focus on other goals like career or travel (for the short-term) rather than feeling rushed into parenthood if they are not ready.

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