It has been one year since the American Society for Reproductive Medicine lifted the “experimental” ban on egg freezing. Since that time, many fertility centers across the country have seen an increase in the number of women who desire to utilize this process as a way to preserve fertility. With the vast improvement in technology, doctors can provide more assurance as to the success of egg freezing.
"There are two ways that people freeze eggs. We've optimized both of these technologies to the point where experienced centers now see comparable success rates from eggs that were frozen from either method, to those that are fertilized fresh," explained Dr. Eric Widra from ARSM.
To date, only 2000 babies have been born from frozen eggs. Though a new process, doctors are hopeful that egg freezing will help more women avoid age-related infertility. Freezing early is recommended, ovarian reserve begins to decline after the age of 35, though many clinics see patients who chose to freeze their eggs even at the age of 40.
“We don't know yet whether freezing eggs from older women, or for a longer period of time, will have consequences. We don't think it will, but we don't know yet,” says Dr. Widra.
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October 9, 2013 Posted by Jenn Nixon