Michael Doyle, MD

Egg Freezing Becoming Commonplace?

In a symbolic gesture that will be appreciated by many aspiring moms, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) announced in October that the technology for freezing women’s eggs is no longer considered “experimental”, and opened the door to the widespread use of egg freezing technologies.

There are many situations where egg freezing can be useful. For example, if a woman is younger and has no immediate plans to have a baby, she might want to “bank” some eggs for future use, essentially eliminating the biological clock fear. Or if a woman has to deal with an illness that requires removing an ovary or taking possibly “toxic” medications, she could first put some eggs “on hold” before undergoing treatment.

Certainly, egg freezing has become of much greater interest to many women over the last decade, particularly as they spend greater amounts of time focused on career building and other life experiences. This recent announcement from ASRM will certainly be welcomed by many women, who may decide to take a closer look at the possibility of egg freezing.

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