Egg Freezing No Longer Considered Experimental

Egg Freezing Research

There is big news for egg freezing this week. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has now declared that egg freezing should no longer be considered "experimental." According to ASRM, the rates of pregnancy and healthy babies are comparable to using fresh eggs.

“Oocyte cryopreservation is an exciting and improving technology, and should no longer be considered experimental. Pregnancy rates and health outcomes of the resulting children are now comparable to those of IVF with fresh eggs,” says Eric Widra, MD, Chair of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) Practice Committee.

This is a sea change from the former ASRM position that egg freezing was experimental and should only be offered as part of a research study. Many fertility doctors had disagreed with this position.

The new report entitled “Mature Oocyte Cyryopreservation” replaces a report released in 2008 and examined nearly 1,000 published papers on egg freezing. The committee found sufficient evidence to “demonstrate acceptable success rates in young highly selected populations.”

However, ASRM does urge caution and points out that the age of the woman at the time of egg freezing is a very important factor. “Success rates with oocyte cryopreservation appear to decline with maternal age consistent with the clinical experience with fresh oocytes.”

The Committee, however, was not yet ready to endorse widespread use of elective egg freezing for non-medical reasons

October 18, 2012
Posted by Leigh Ann Woodruff

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