Egg freezing has been around for a while. As recently as 2008, when reviewed by ASRM, it was still considered experimental. Simply put, in 2008, there was not enough research or results to consider the procedure a "clinically viable technique".
That has changed. One of the most exciting things to have come from the annual meeting of ASRM so far is that egg freezing is no longer going to carry the stigma of being experimental.
This is not simply about semantics.
About Fertility Preservation and Egg Freezing
Mainly egg freezing has been used in fertility preservation situations. Situations such as when a woman is going to undergo medical treatment, often cancer treatment, that would or could damage her eggs. (As all of a woman's eggs are present from birth, they would be harmed by certain drugs or procedures. There is no way to create more eggs, only ways they can be protected.)
Egg freezing has other possibilities as well. Especially without the label of experimental.
As a woman ages, so do her eggs. When eggs age, they become less and less viable. It's not impossible for a woman to have struturally healthy eggs, and chromisomally normal eggs into her 30's. Even her late 30's. Even her early 40's. But it's often harder and harder to find those that are structurally and chromisomally normal, and it often becomes more expensive as well. (Comprehensive Chromisonal Screening (CCS) is an ASRM prize-winning technique available at RMACT, with RMANJ, that tests for chromisonal normality in embryos.)
Freezing eggs for women at a younger age, understanding that there will be a better chance of becoming pregnant when ready, is now an option that could be more readily embraced with the label of experimental lifted from egg freezing.
Call it insurance.
Call it thinking towards the future.
The important piece here?
Egg freezing is now considered a "clinically viable technique".
Lisa has over twenty-five years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for seven years and is currently Patient Advocate and Blog Editor-in-Chief.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.