November 17, 2016

Do Women Know They Can Freeze Their Eggs?

egg freezing

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) about the egg freezing process. Participants completed an online questionnaire to assess their opinions and knowledge about the egg freezing process for social or medical reasons. Investigators found that knowledge was very limited regarding the procedure itself, the cost, and the probability of success.

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. Historically, women did not have a mechanism to preserve their fertility because egg freezing was considered experimental. Fortunately, we have made enormous strides in the laboratory, and egg freezing is no longer considered experimental. Currently, pregnancy rates from frozen eggs approach pregnancy rates from fresh eggs. At the Fertility Centers of New England (FCNE), we would like to spread the word and educate women about this excellent option for preserving their fertility.

We are very proud of our egg-freezing program at FCNE. Our success rates remain outstanding, and we offer one of the most cost-competitive programs available. If you are interested in preserving your fertility or have further questions about the best treatment path for you, contact us today!

Daniluk JC, Koert E. Childless women’s beliefs and knowledge about oocyte freezing for social and medical reasons. Hum Reprod. 2016 Oct;31(10):2313-20.

 

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Beth Plante, M.D.

Beth Plante, M.D. Board-Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility