On October 20, 2012 the American Society for Reproductive Medicine declared that egg freezing was no longer experimental, and could be used with successful results.
“Oocyte cryopreservation is an exciting and improving technology, and should no longer be considered experimental,” stated Eric Widra, Chair of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) Practice Committee, in response to the announcement. “Pregnancy rates and health outcomes of the resulting children are now comparable to those of IVF with fresh eggs”.
Now over a year later, fertility clinics across the country are seeing an increase in the number of women utilizing egg freezing for social reasons. As more and more women decide to delay pregnancy until later in life, whether to pursue a career, waiting to settle down, or just to enjoy childfree living for a little while longer – egg freezing gives many the ability to do all of these things without consequence to their fertility. As many fertility doctors note, it is the age of the egg, not the women that makes the difference.
To date, over 2000 babies have been born using frozen oocytes. While many of these births were from donor eggs, it is expected that this will begin to change as more women decide to preserve their fertility utilizing egg freezing.
"We do empower women with data and information to make good decisions. Most women understand this might not work and at least they did something. If this helps women figure out how they want to conduct their reproductive lives, that's a good thing", said Jamie Grifo, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at the NYU School of Medicine in New York City.
If you are interested in freezing your eggs, and need help finding a fertility clinic or fertility doctor that performs egg freezing, contact our Patient Care Coordinators at (855) 888-EGGS (3447), or by filling out the Where to Freeze Eggs form. If you are concerned about financing, Fertility Authority offers an affordable way pay for the egg freezing process. Visit EggBanxx.com for more information.
October 27, 2013 Posted by Jenn Nixon