While the cryogenic freezing of egg cells for women has increased many families’ chances of conceiving, there are still a lot of hang-ups with the technology.
Since 2014, the popularty of freezing one’s eggs for later fertilization has increased by three times. This has been a boon to women who wish to shave some time off of their biological clocks while they wait for the right partner or to delay pregnancy for other reasons.
However, recent numbers from a study by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority showed that only 14% of implantation cycles involving women who chose the cryogenic freezing method to be successful. The technology, once perceived as a fail-safe for women and families, still experiences significantly low success rates.
Doctors claim that the process is as good as in-vitro vertilization, but IVF has a success rate of 26.5%, as opposed to the 14% for those who choose to freeze their eggs.
While this is still an excellent option, it should be noted that women should not use this as their only course of action. It is important to have a backup plan in case the implantation of cryogenically frozen eggs does fail. Those options should be discussed with a medical professional and looked into diligently.
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- 1Harvesting and storing eggs for fertility purposes has tripled in popularity over the past three years.
- 2Despite its increasing frequency, the procedures are less than fifteen percent effective when eggs are implanted.
- 3Newer techniques of egg storage promise to bump the rate of successful implantation to as much as one in four.
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