The Kardashian sisters are shining the spotlight on infertility and egg freezing.
In Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, 31-year-old Kim accompanied 28-year-old Khloe to a fertility clinic appointment for ultrasounds and blood work. Khloe is investigating why she is having trouble getting pregnant with husband Lamar Odum. For more than a year, there have been reports of Khloe's frustrations at trying to have a family, and in June it was reported that she had begun fertility treatment.
After a cancer diagnosis, treating the disease often poses a threat to a man or woman's fertility. As treatments for cancer have advanced, so have methods to preserve fertility, and now women can freeze their eggs, men can freeze their sperm, and couples can freeze their embryos prior to undergoing potentially lifesaving treatments
The Department of Defense is implementing a two-year pilot program that will provide fertility preservation for active-duty members of the Armed Services. The program will cover the costs of freezing sperm or eggs. Fertility preservation for military personnel may be important to women and men who must delay family building due to related commitments or deployment, or who have service related injuries that impact their fertility.
Fertility preservation is a great way to ensure a woman is able to have biological children once she’s ready to start a family. There are many methods to preserve fertility - ovarian tissue freezing is growing in popularity for women. Despite this, many people are unfamiliar with the process and the associated cost. Understanding what to expect can help you to determine if ovarian tissue freezing can address your needs.
Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 US women and about 20% of cases are in women less than age 50, according to the American Cancer Society. Better screening programs and early detection has helped improve the prognosis. Intensive research, better surgical treatment, and effective chemotherapy have allowed these patients to have better quality of life as well as life expectancy. Unfortunately the treatment can also greatly limit the patient’s reproductive ability due to toxic effects to the ovaries. The best state-of-the-art fertility centers follow these 5 practices to preserve a woman’s future fertility.
Egg freezing for fertility preservation in combination with preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) results in high live birth rates and allows for single embryo transfer regardless of a woman’s age, according to a recent study published by NYU Fertility Center.
A recently published study set out to answer the question, “How many frozen eggs does it take to have a baby?”
“We looked at 160 cycles of women using their own eggs that they had previously frozen for fertility preservation,” says Dr. Nicole Noyes, a reproductive endocrinologist at NYU Fertility Center and co-director of NYU Fertility Center's Oocyte Cryopreservation (Egg Freezing) Program. “We looked at the pregnancy rate by age and looked at how many eggs you needed to achieve 100% pregnancy rate.”
Dr. Jacqueline Gutmann of RMA at Jefferson discusses the advantages of egg freezing. She reinforces that the earlier you freeze your eggs the better as there is a greater likelihood of a successfull pregnancy late on if you freeze your eggs at an younger age.