Egg freezing, Is it for me?
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The average age of menopause in the US is 51.4. Unfortunately, there are serious medical conditions that lower many of our patients’ age of menopause by up to 10 to 20 years. At Dominion Fertility we have been helping our patients with these conditions such as fragile X premutation and mosaicism for monosomy X that predispose them to primary ovarian insufficiency. In addition, treatment with chemotherapeutic drugs and pelvic radiotherapy for cancer or other serious medical illnesses has the potential to markedly accelerate the time to menopause.
"Dominion Fertility team has been utilizing mature oocyte cryopreservation, ‘egg freezing’, as a fertility preservation tool for our patients."
Dominion Fertility team has been utilizing mature oocyte cryopreservation, ‘egg freezing’, as a fertility preservation tool for our patients. This technology is no longer considered experimental and many randomized controlled trials demonstrated that fresh and frozen oocytes yield similar pregnancy rates in IVF cycles.
So, can you benefit from it even if you do not have any serious medical condition, but would like to defer childbearing until later in life? Yes! Banking mature oocytes are definitely an alternative to embryo cryopreservation. At Dominion Fertility, we offer this option for our patients. If you have any questions regarding your fertility, please come see us. We have answers for you…
Please see ASRM booklet for patients on this topic.
- Dr. Kay Waud