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Is it Appropriate to Freeze Your Eggs

Thanks to advances in reproductive technology, more women are seeing egg freezing as an acceptable way of starting a family.  A recent online survey administered by researchers in the United Kingdom and Denmark provides insight on how women view egg freezing and fertility preservation.  Women overwhelmingly support the use of fertility preservation to help a woman achieve a famil2015-11y.  

Performed by Dr. Lallemant and her researchers at Princess Queen Anne Hospital, the research uncovered a number of facts:

  • The majority of women - 83 percent - were aware of freezing eggs as a means of prolonging a woman’s ability to have children.
  • Almost all of the women - 99.4 percent in total - believed fertility preservation through egg freezing was acceptable when used in tandem with a medical issue such as cancer.
  • The vast majority of wome - 89.1 percent - believed it was socially acceptable to preserve fertility until a woman’s relationship and financial standings where ideal.
  • More than a quarter of the survey respondents - 27 percent - were interested in the technique and how it could be used to preserve fertility.
  • Another 19 percent of the survey respondents were considering using fertility preservation by freezing eggs.

Additional information about the findings of this survey were presented to the fertility community at the European Society of Human Reproduction in Munich on July 1, 2014.  Research has shown that fertility preservation is acceptable in the United States, with an estimated 5,000 taking advantage of fertility preservation.  Fertility centers in the United Kingdom and Denmark are also beginning to show interest in the procedure.

Until the advent of vitrification to freeze eggs, fertility preservation in this manner was not realistic.   Vitrification is a state of the art technology that allows for flash freezing of eggs without the risk of ice crystal formation.  This improvement in technology moved the survival rate from 55 percent with traditional freezing methods to 98 percent, making egg freezing a viable method of preserving fertility. 

For additional information on vitrification and how egg freezing can help you preserve your fertility, contact the experts at New Hope Fertility Center today.  Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676.  Thank You.

 

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