For young women of reproductive age freezing their eggs prior chemotherapy is a great option
A young woman form Dubai hopes to get pregnant through IVF after having her prior- puberty frozen ovary re-implanted.
A cancer diagnosis can be very shocking for women of young age since usually at that time in life creating a family is a top priority, so it is really important to them to have fertility options. When it comes to children though, fertility options are limited.
A main concern for young girls being treated for cancer or other disease is loss of fertility. Even if the disease itself does not impact fertility by damaging the ovaries and general reproductive health, what impairs or threatens to impair fertility is the treatment of it. More specifically, chemotherapy is a major cancer treatment that can cause infertility.
For young women of reproductive age freezing their eggs prior chemotherapy is a great option for fertility preservation. For children, however, growing eggs would not work. IVF cannot be done before girls go through puberty. Freezing a piece of the ovary is the only options for these cases and now it is seen for the first time that this method actually works.
Moaza Alnatrooshi, a 21 year old woman from Dubai, suffering from beta thalassemia, had to undergo chemotherapy for treating her disease at the age of 8. Her mother decided to have part of her ovary frozen, so that she would be able to use it after puberty for having a baby.
Her remaining ovary was not fully functioned so experienced an early menopause at the age of 21. Moaza underwent the ovarian tissue transplant in Denmark in August last year. The outcome of the surgery was her hormone levels and ovulation process to be restored.
IVF experts collected 8 oocytes and fertilized them by IVF in the fertility clinic. Three of them led to viable embryos while one out three is about to be transferred in the following month. Moaza is quite likely to be the first woman who got pregnant after receiving a transplanted ovary, frozen prior puberty, giving hope to all the girls who might find themselves in such an unfortunate condition.
Would you consider preserving your child’s fertility if it suffered a similar condition?
Would you freeze your eggs? New study supports that in fact many women would go for it. But why would they do it? And the correct answer is: Egg freezing for social reasons.
Nowadays, there is a clear trend over older motherhood as young women are aware of the implications of having children and want to make sure that there will be optimal conditions before they start a family. These conditions include financial stability provided by a successful career, an ideal partner as well as emotional readiness.
It appears that the majority of women support egg freezing technique as an option for preserving fertility and postponing motherhood for all the above reasons. In fact, researchers reported that women were more concerned with their biological clock than their careers.
A new study conducted by Dr Camille Lallemant and her team, based on an anonymous online survey, surveyed 973 women (mean age 31 years old) from the UK and Denmark regarding egg freezing. According to the survey results, most women were aware of this ART (assisted reproductive technology) technique and about 89% of them are in favor of using the technique for preserving fertility for when they are ready in terms of appropriateness of domestic and social conditions. However egg freezing for medical reasons, for example prior a chemotherapy treatment, was acceptable by almost everyone.
Interestingly, 19% of the survey participants declared that they would consider receiving the egg freezing treatment and another 27% said they are interested in this ART technique.
Up to now there was no evidence on women’s perception on the potential to preserve their fertility through ART. According to Dr Lllemant, perhaps the fact that the advancements of the method have dramatically improve its success rates, like egg vitrification, has come to convince them of its value.
The study was conducted at the Princess Anne Hospital’s Complete Fertility Centre in Southampton, Hampshire and its findings were presented at the annual meeting of the European society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Munich.
So, would you freeze your eggs as an option for fertility planning?
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