Friday, June 13, 2014

Freezing eggs and embryos - suspending time !

Time reports that a study of 200 women found that, "half of those pursuing degrees in sports or education would consider freezing their eggs to give them the option to delay starting a family, while more than 8 out of 10 women pursuing a medical degree said that they would do so." A second study in Belgium found that half of the 15 women interviewed would freeze their eggs in order to take the pressure off of finding a partner in time to utilize the woman's fertility.

I'm not really shocked at the results. Certainly, as IVF has become commonplace, attitudes surrounding IVF have relaxed and many see the idea of egg freezing as a great leap forward in allowing women the same gamete safeguards given to men, especially when it comes to preserving fertility prior to undergoing medical treatments that would impair fertility. Men have been able to freeze and thaw their sperm for years, but it has only been in recent years that scientists have been successful in freezing eggs.

Social egg freezing can be a great insurance policy for women who are in their 30s and want to postpone having children.

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