Who Should Consider Egg Freezing
Egg freezing, or oocyte cryopreservation, is a process in which a woman’s eggs (oocytes) are extracted, frozen, and stored as a method to preserve reproductive potential in women of reproductive age. It is a procedure that has been around since 1986, but has been growing in popularity over the past five years. This is largely due to advanced technology which led the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) to lift its “experimental” label for egg freezing in October 2012. Since then, it’s been a growing trend especially for healthy, young women who are electively delaying childbearing for a variety of reasons.
Who is a candidate for egg freezing?
There’s a variety of reasons a woman may want to consider egg freezing…
- Women undergoing cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and/ or pelvic radiation therapy that may affect fertility *According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology in the Journal of Oncology Practice, “Oncologists should address the possibility of infertility with patients treated during their reproductive years. Fertility preservation is often possible, but to serve the full range of options, fertility preservation approaches should be considered as early as possible during (cancer) treatment planning.”
- Surgery that may cause damage to the ovaries
- Rise of premature ovarian failure because of chromosomal abnormalities (i.e. Turner Syndrome, fragile X Syndrome), or family history of early menopause
- Ovarian disease with risk of damage to the ovaries
- Genetic mutations requiring removal of the ovaries (i.e. BRCA mutation)
- To avoid freezing surplus embryos after an IVF cycle
- Fertility preservation for personal reasons that delays childbearing until a later age *As women age, the quantity and quality of eggs decline each year – dramatically declining after the age of 35 and leaving only a 5% chance of conceiving by the age of 40. With egg freezing, a woman can serve as her own egg donor when she is ready to conceive later in life.
At the Center for Reproductive Medicine, we understand how important the decision is to freeze your eggs. Should you decide to move forward with the procedure, our compassionate team of doctors will walk you through the process and be there for you every step of the way. For more information on egg freezing or to schedule a consultation, please call our fertility office today at (800) 343-6331.