A new report released by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) reveals that freezing human eggs is no longer considered an experimental procedure and is now in fact seen as a proven method of infertility treatment.
According to the report, the use of frozen eggs was as effective in treating infertility in women as using fresh eggs in in-vitro fertilization. The report comes after a recent study of more than 900 births from frozen eggs found no evidence that the procedure increases the risk of birth defects or DNA abnormalities.
The ASRM report has listed the primary use of freezing eggs should be for younger women who want to preserve their eggs before undergoing chemotherapy or radiation while other uses include improving chances of IVF treatment.
University of Pennsylvania's Dr Samantha Pfeifer, who chaired the society's guideline committee, said that there was no guarantee that freezing eggs could result in a successful pregnancy. "The bottom line is there is no guarantee. A lot of women interested in using this technology are in their late 30s, early 40s, and they may have the worst success of anybody", she said.