Egg-freezing

Studies, statistics indicate that IVF is not a reliable means of deferring pregnancy

Frozen embryos are stored in containers at a fertility clinic. Phil Mansfield/The New York Times

Egg-freezing has of late been promoted to women as a means of deferring pregnancy, with high-profile companies such as Google and Apple promising their employees egg-freezing privileges. The viability of this approach is, however, not supported by statistics. Seventy-five percent of in-vitro fertilization attempts fail, 88 percent to 98 percent of eggs are not viable after being frozen, and a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that recipients of frozen eggs are 11 percent less likely to have a live birth. Despite these numbers, it appears that many professional women are still banking on the hope that freezing eggs will increase their odds of having a successful pregnancy farther down the line. Two-thirds of all egg-freezing procedures are elective, and women on average freeze their eggs around age 37. For older women hoping to put off pregnancy, keep in mind that the odds of unfreezing a viable egg and successfully implanting it is truly miniscule, and that even if the IVF is successful, they face greater risks of stillbirth. For now, physicians only recommend IVF when medically necessary.

Read the full story at Vocativ.

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