Taiwanese Women Turn to Egg Freezing to Preserve Fertility

A recent article in Reuters reported that Taiwanese women are increasingly turning to egg freezing to preserve their fertility. e-Stork Reproduction Center in Hsinchu, Taiwan, has seen a jump in the number of patients requesting information about the process of oocyte preservation. They receive over a hundred phone calls each month in regards to questions about egg freezing.

Lai Hsing-hua, the clinic director of the e-Stork Reproduction Center, has found that embryos created from frozen eggs have a higher survival rate than those conceived in the past. He believes this is due to new technological advances in vitrification and cryopreservation.

A study published in Fertility and Sterility in 2010, compared live birth rates achieved through egg freezing versus recent data of live births using fresh fertilized eggs. There was no significant difference between success rates of both procedures, egg freezing had a 57% pregnancy rate and a fresh cycle had a 60.4%.

This is great news for women who are considering egg freezing as a fertility option. As women are delaying marriage until later in life, the need for this process will increase.

"Married women are like candles burning at both ends," said Chen Fen-ling, a professor of social work at National Taipei University. "We say that women work two jobs. They make money with a daytime job but, when they go back home, they take care of their children and parents-in-law. This pressure often makes women hesitate when making the decision about marriage."

August 27, 2013 Posted by Jenn Nixon

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