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Egg Freezing Goes Mainstream

Egg Freezing After Divorce

Egg Freezing on CBSRecently divorced and in her mid-thirties, Melanie didn’t want to give up on having a family. Her solution? Egg freezing.

Melanie came to Shady Grove Fertility to undergo a procedure to harvest and freeze her eggs. “I didn’t want to give up that dream of still having that family. I think (the procedure has) taken the pressure off my shoulders,” said the 34-year old.

Egg Freezing is Clinically Viable Option for Preserving Fertility

Last fall, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine lifted the “experimental” label on egg freezing. Now a clinically viable option, more and more women are looking into egg freezing as a means to preserve their fertility.

Dr. Eric Widra, of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology and a physician at Shady Grove Fertility in Washington, DC, credits this increase in women, starting in their late 20s to early 40s freezing their eggs to significant advances in technology.

Advances in the freezing process have led to higher success rates when using frozen eggs or embryos. With older “slow-freeze” technology, eggs and embryos were more prone to be damaged during the actual freeze or thawing. Vitrification or “fast-freeze” reduces the chance of damage substantially.

Although no longer experimental, it is important to note that success is not guaranteed. “We don’t yet know whether freezing eggs from older women, or for a longer period of time, will have consequences,” said Dr. Widra. “We don’t think it will, but we don’t know yet.”

For Melanie, it was all about “empowerment and it’s made me a lot stronger.”

If you would like to discuss your egg freezing options or to schedule an appointment at Shady Grove Fertility, please speak with one of our New Patient Liaisons at 877-971-7755.

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