Egg freezing is becoming very popular and in the media there are often news articles about it. It is usually recommended in cases where a woman wants to delay becoming a mother (career, studies or no suitable partner), to preserve her fertility prior to therapies which are detrimental to the ovaries (chemotherapy, radiotherapy) and prior to radical gynecological procedures. But do you really know all the facts about egg freezing?
One of the most frequent findings in women with infertility problems is a diminished ovarian reserve, hence a low response to treatment and therefore a small number of egg production when stimulation medications are used.
As an embryologist, I come across this question quite a lot with patients. For some people, it is clear when they need to use donor sperm, but for others it can come as a shock and even a disappointment.
At the end of September 2014 the national regulatory body of assisted reproduction in Greece brought out a new Law regarding the number of embryos that can be transferred according to certain parameters (FEK 2589/29-9-2014).
Most of fertility treatments involve the use of drugs to stimulate the ovaries in order to produce more eggs. In some cases the use of these medications may lead to hyperstimulation of the ovaries. OHSS although rare might have devastating consequences on a woman’s health.