Deep Freeze: Does Freezing Eggs Allow Women to Stop the Biological Clock?
A new method for egg freezing called vitrification—a technology that its architects say will revolutionize the world of assisted reproduction -- is making the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF) less costly and more efficient than ever before.
I had just turned 35 when I started thinking about freezing my eggs. I'd always thought I'd have a husband and a kid or two by 35—that's the ominous year when doctors start stamping women's medical charts with the words "advanced maternal age" if they are pregnant, and some warn that fertility starts to drop off a cliff if they are not. But instead I was single, with an adventurous career, and concerned about my eggs.
Frozen Embryos: More to It Than Just Freezing . . .
a blog by Marie Lee
When I was doing research for my novel (about an OB-GYN, coincidentally), I rotated with a bunch of med students around every department at our local women’s hospital, including the reproductive clinic. When I once asked a nurse what they do with the leftover embryos, she kind of smirked and said “throw them away.” When I asked what that meant, she said they are often thawed and poured down the drain, possibly even (eek!) flushed — not even the dignity of being disposed of as medical waste.