Egg Freezing Gives Women The Opportunity To “Press Pause”
Have you been considering freezing your eggs? There’s no time like the present! Oocyte vitrification (the fancy name for egg freezing) has been growing in popularity over the past several years. The number of women choosing to freeze their eggs has increased exponentially for a number of reasons:
- First of all, for many years, egg freezing was considered an experimental procedure. Technology has improved substantially, and in 2013, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine published a position statement recommending that the oocyte vitrification should no longer be considered experimental.
- Secondly, we now have a number of medical studies suggesting that there is no increase in chromosomal abnormalities, birth defects, or developmental deficits in children born from frozen eggs.
- Finally, pregnancy rates using frozen eggs now rival pregnancy rates from fresh eggs.
Historically, a woman’s reproductive options were limited by her biological clock. With egg freezing, women are now empowered to take control of their fertility. Egg freezing gives women the opportunity to “press pause” and stop the clock until they are ready to start a family. At Fertility Centers of New England, we have a wealth of experience with oocyte cryopreservation, and we are very proud of our pregnancy rates from fresh and frozen eggs. We understand that the decision to freeze eggs is an important one—physically, psychologically, and financially. If you are considering freezing your eggs or would like more information, please contact us today to set up a consultation with one of our physicians.