Egg Preservation Trending Among Millennials
"Human egg freezing is going mainstream," as stated in an article from Scientific American. Egg preservation (or embryo freezing) is a medically accepted way to preserve fertility and is a procedure that is now trending among millennials as a way to take control over their reproduction. Up until a few years ago, egg freezing was primarily offered to women suffering from infertility and for those undergoing harsh cancer treatments that could damage reproductive organs and lead to infertility. In October 2012, the technology for egg preservation had advanced enough that the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) announced the procedure was no longer “experimental”. Since then, the door for egg preservation has opened to young, healthy women who wish to delay childbearing.
Widely popular among millennials, egg preservation offers women flexibility and a sense of control when it comes to starting a family. Many are focusing on careers or simply waiting to meet the right person and have therefore decided to put family planning on hold (Fertility in women declines rapidly after the age of 35, and egg freezing gives women an option to start a family later in life.) By 2018, the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) estimates that 76,000 women will freeze their eggs – more than 15 times the rate in 2013.
How Does It Work?
The egg freezing process is similar to IVF (in-vitro fertilization), but the timing of pregnancy is different. First a woman receives fertility shots to boost egg production and then has them extracted. With IVF, the fresh eggs are immediately combined with sperm and implanted into the patient’s womb so pregnancy can begin. With egg freezing, a woman’s eggs are frozen immediately after they are extracted and are saved for pregnancy until a later date. Research shows that pregnancy rates for fresh and frozen eggs have had similar success. One study showed a 57% success rate for frozen eggs with another study at a 63% success rate. This is compared to a 55% success rate for fresh eggs.
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- Overview of female fertility
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