Success of freezing eggs?

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Question from MirandaL: If I freeze my eggs, what are the chances that I can get pregnant and have a healthy baby? Or do you have a better chance by using someone's donor eggs?
Answers - Kutluk Oktay, M.D. The success rate of egg-freezing depends on the patient’s age. For somebody in her mid-30s, the success rate per attempt appears to be about half of the success rates with in vitro fertilization (IVF) using unfrozen eggs either from the patient herself or from a donor. If you just look at success rates, using unfrozen eggs, either from yourself or a donor, will give you a higher chance. But if you're a young patient, depending on age, and can produce lots of eggs, that also might give you a reasonable chance. If you're much older than 35 to 37, the rate of success of egg-freezing is probably not very high. So you should make your decision based on your age, your desire as to whether you want to have your own biological children, and finances, since egg donation costs more.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Fertility and Pregnancy featured Kutluk Oktay, M.D. and Leslie Schover, Ph.D. answering your questions about breast cancer treatments that can affect your fertility, options for preserving your fertility, being treated for breast cancer while pregnant, and more.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in September 2008.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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