Study: Freezing eggs to preserve fertility now a 'viable option'

October 19, 2012 1:26:12 PM PDT
It was once considered experimental but now experts say a technique used to preserve fertility in women is a viable option.

A leading group of U.S. fertility doctors say there is now enough evidence to support freezing eggs for young women who want to preserve their fertility.

That's because studies over the years have shown that fertilization of frozen eggs has roughly the same success rate in terms of pregnancies and live births as in vitro fertilization using fresh eggs.

So, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine has lifted the designation of this technique as experimental.

Experts say women under the age of 35 have the highest success rate.

The study appears in the journal Fertility and Sterility.

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