Many women are turning to egg freezing for fertility preservation. With egg freezing, healthy eggs are harvested from a woman and then frozen, so they can be used years later in an IVF cycle. In 2012, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine lifted its “experimental” label for this procedure.
Egg freezing is a type of fertility-preserving procedure in which a woman's healthy eggs are harvested and then frozen so they remain viable. Recently, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine lifted its "experimental" label from the procedure, as new evidence has shown that the technique can produce pregnancy rates comparable to IVF using fresh eggs.
Egg freezing is a fertility-preserving procedure that has been growing in popularity for women. In this procedure, a woman’s eggs are harvested and then frozen , so they can be used in the future. Women are choosing this procedure for a number of reasons—both social (such as if the time isn’t right to have a child because a woman hasn’t yet met a partner) and medical (if certain treatments for illnesses may leave her infertile).
If you know you eventually want to have a child, but the time isn’t right for it now, you may want to consider freezing your eggs. Egg freezing is a fertility-preserving option that has grown in popularity recently for a number of reasons. Some women choose to freeze their eggs for social reasons—such as if you haven’t yet found the right partner or still have educational or career goals you’d like to attain—while others freeze for medical reasons.
Peter Klatsky, M.D. discusses how many eggs you should freeze to preserve your fertility. During an extraction, it's oftentimes difficult to estimate how many follicles will be produced and of those, how many will mature into healthy, viable eggs to be frozen and used later to achieve pregnancy.
Fertility is finite. Women are born with a determined number of eggs. The majority of women have heard these phrases at one point or another and most understand they refer to the decreasing likelihood of getting pregnant as we get older.
Seattle fertility doctor Julie Lamb, M.D. of Pacific NW Fertility and IVF Specialists discusses egg freezing for fertility preservation which allows women to delay childbearing for medical and social reasons.
Just when you thought vitrification (using liquid nitrogen to freeze a woman's eggs) was the hot new technology in fertility preservation, now scientists have discovered a new way to preserve fertility by freeze-drying eggs.