Egg freezing has become a much more established fertility treatment in the last 5-10 years. Egg freezing began with the necessity to preserve fertility for young patients with a new diagnosis of cancer. Traditionally several of the cancer treatment drugs (chemotherapy) and cancer radiation treatments (radiotherapy) have been damaging for a woman’s fertility and her eggs.
The concept of egg freezing was conceived to allow a patient to remove eggs ahead of fertility ending cancer treatment, and preserve their eggs and fertility for future use. As freezing techniques have advanced and rapid freezing (vitrification) has evolved this has become a much more valid and successful technique.
As the years have advanced the egg freezing technique has become increasingly popular with women wishing to preserve their fertility for social and career related reasons. However, it is not without its problems and it is not a full proof guaranteed insurance policy for all women. To find out more about this subject read our article on egg freezing “To Freeze or Not to Freeze – Good Question”.