Don't Play With My Biology

After a while, a woman simply runs out of eggs.

For the woman who has delayed getting pregnant because of school, work or not having a partner, the options had been to accept childlessness, find a surrogate or adopt.

In 2013, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) stated that freezing eggs should no longer be considered experimental. In 2014, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) cautioned women wishing to delay pregnancy against freezing their eggs due to insufficient data. Concurrently, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology recommended that this option be extended to women who wanted to "protect their reproductive potential against the threat of time".

Last year, Apple and Facebook became the first major employers to offer their female employees health insurance coverage for egg freezing for non medical reasons. Optimally oocyte cryopreservation should be done before age 35 yr. Professional, career or any women interested in delaying childbearing should learn her options.

Author
Sharan Abdul-Rahman, MD

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