Egg freezing at a glance
- Egg freezing, also called human oocyte cryopreservation, is a rapidly advancing technology of extracting, freezing and storing a woman’s eggs (oocytes). The eggs can later be thawed, fertilized, and transferred to the uterus as embryos months or years later.
- Women may consider freezing their eggs if they would like to preserve their future ability to have children, either for elective reasons, or because of a medical condition like cancer.
- Some women or couples also wish to fertilize a smaller number of eggs than they have produced at egg retrieval for IVF. This way they will have fewer or no excess embryos that are not transferred.
- Reproductive cryopreservation is not new. Medical clinics have been freezing sperm since the 1950s and embryos since the 1980s. Doctors in Australia reported the world’s first pregnancy using frozen oocytes in 1984.
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