Preservation of Eggs and Sperm
Preservation of eggs and sperm is now a component of the discussions in women and in men who wish to preserve their reproductive capacity. Our ability to cryopreserve and reliably use these oocytes in an efficient manner that produce children has paved roads for both medically indicated and social gamete preservation. But what about those […]
Though the exact details remain unclear, the recent events highlighted in the news have certainly raised concerns regarding the management and safety of cryopreserved specimens. After cryopreservation, oocytes or embryos are stored in tanks which must be kept filled with liquid nitrogen in order to maintain proper storage temperature and conditions. All liquid nitrogen storage […]
Reproductive capacity is an age dependent process and is influenced by different conditions, some genetic and many not. The idea of fertility preservation may, in fact, be a misnomer and incorrect label; because it is reproductive capacity that is hoped to be preserved. The cryopreservation of gametes does not ensure the ability to become pregnant […]
Do Women Know They Can Freeze Their Eggs?
A recent study in Human Reproduction researched the awareness of egg freezing among women. Do women know they can freeze their eggs? The study found that many women who might desire children in the future know little or nothing about the option to freeze their eggs. This study interviewed 500 Canadian women (ages 18 to 38) […]
Fresh Versus Frozen Eggs
Fresh versus frozen eggs? Egg freezing by oocyte vitrification is a major innovation for potentially preserving a woman’s future fertility especially in young women needing ovarian-toxic treatments and for those who may wish to postpone pregnancy for social or economic reasons. Egg banks selling previously vitrified donor eggs are purported to offer women needing donor […]
Benefits of Freezing Eggs
A recent article in New York magazine highlighted the benefits of freezing eggs before the age of 37. This article emphasized that freezing eggs between age of 30 and 34 offered the greatest chance of using eggs with the highest chance of success. Women under age 30 will have the highest chance of success if […]
Biologic Clock Ticks for All
Successful reproduction is generally an age related phenomena. Ovarian function in terms of egg quantity and quality is medically referred to as ‘Ovarian Reserve’ and is a function of what is euphemistically called, a woman’s ‘Biologic Clock.’ The impact of maternal age is well studied especially as it negatively affects women’s reproductive potential over age […]
Why Are Women Choosing To Freeze Their Eggs?
In today’s society, women often delay childbearing until later in their reproductive years. The reasons for this shift are complex, but are often related to social, educational, and economic factors. This trend toward delayed childbearing has resulted in an increased number of women seeking fertility treatment in their 30s and 40s. Women have traditionally felt an extraordinary amount […]
Defense Secretary, Ash Carter announced last week that the Department of Defense would implement a two year pilot project to provide fertility preservation benefits to members of the Armed Services. This program will also examine ways to broaden the current, yet limited policy providing reduced cost IVF benefits to active duty service persons. The Fertility […]
Thinking About Freezing Your Eggs?
Are you thinking about freezing your eggs? Growing awareness of a woman’s biological clock has resulted in a surge of interest in fertility preservation. Many reproductive-aged women are now taking control of their fertility and freezing their eggs. Did you know that a simple blood test can give you valuable information about your current pool of eggs? A […]