FREEZING EGGS NO LONGER EXPERIMENTAL
63 Babies Born – Florida Institute for Reproductive Medicine
The American Society of Reproductive Medicine recently removed the label “experimental” in describing egg freezing. To date over 4000 babies have been born from frozen eggs, health data on these babies has been extremely reassuring. Pregnancy rates using cryo eggs have continued to improve now approaching those from frozen embryos. Egg freezing offers tremendous advantages to at least three groups of women: those faced with losing their fertility due to cancer treatment or surgery, women who for whatever reason must postpone childbearing late into their 30s or beyond, and patients requiring in vitro fertilization who are ethically opposed to freezing embryos. While ASRM has not endorsed the use of egg freezing for delayed childbearing, we at the Florida Institute for Reproductive Medicine feel it is an appropriate option for those who otherwise would have little chance of having their own genetic children later in life. At the Florida Institute for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Yang has pioneered the technology of oocyte cryopreservation, we have had one of the largest experiences in the United States with sixty-three babies born, including the first baby born in the world to a cancer patient who froze her eggs. Again our follow up health data on these babies has been reassuring. I do advise couples that the ultimate health testament will be when children born from frozen eggs have had their own healthy children. We hope by lifting the label of experimental, insurance companies will consider covering egg preservation for at least those women faced with sterilizing. The technique of egg freezing involves going through an IVF cycle, costs are almost identical, approximately $10,000.00 to $12,000.00 depending on the amount of medicine used. The Florida Institute for Reproductive Medicine has participated with a national group, Fertile Hope, in providing significantly discounted costs for egg freezing for cancer patients. Ferring pharmaceuticals has been extremely generous in donating medications saving patients as much as $3,500.00. We welcome ASRM’s recent opinion on egg freezing and hope many other women will be able to avail themselves of this remarkable technology.