Egg Freezing Has 'Experimental' Label Lifted by ASRM

cyropreservation.jpgEgg freezing, or oocyte vitrification, has recently had its "experimental" label lifted by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). The ASRM report found that advances in egg-freezing techniques now produce rates of pregnancy and healthy babies comparable to those seen with in vitro fertilization (IVF) using fresh eggs. ASRM did not go so far as to recommend egg freezing in order for a woman to slow down her biological clock if she just isn't ready to have children.

Egg freezing is, however, an option for women to consider for whatever reason they may want or need to preserve their fertility.  In my fertility practice, I always recommend that if a woman has a male partner and wants to preserve her fertility for the future, embryo freezing is the first choice. But if a woman is under 40, with a normal FSH hormone level and normal AMH — and cannot or does not want to get pregnant now either due to medical reasons, lack of a male partner or other personal reasons such career, travel or education — then egg freezing may offer her the best chance for having a genetic child that she otherwise might not have had.
 
Once the eggs are frozen, they will remain that way until the woman chooses to have them thawed and fertilized in preparation for an embryo transfer. In my fertility practice, currently, a woman ideally must be less than 50 years old to have embryos transferred in an attempt to become pregnant.
 
It is also extremely important that women who are undergoing cancer treatment that could potentially destroy their fertility be aware of the option of egg freezing. I offer expedited, targeted care at a discounted rate for oocyte vitrification prior to cancer treatment so that treatment is not delayed.