What do reproductive-age women who undergo oocyte cryopreservation think about the process as a means to preserve fertility?

What do reproductive-age women who undergo oocyte cryopreservation think about the process as a... Discuss: You can discuss this article with its authors and with other ASRM members at http://fertstertforum.com/hodes-wertzb-oocyte-cryopreservation-quality-of-life/ </P>During the past three decades, the industrialized world has witnessed an increase in the age at first birth and the number of women delaying childbearing (1) . Commensurate has been a 150% increase in number of women giving birth between the ages of 35 and 39 years and a steady increase in those aged 40–44 years (2) . In the past year alone, the first-birth rate for women aged 40–44 years increased 5%, whereas the average overall first-birth age climbed to 25.4 years (up from 21.4 years in 1970) for all races (3, 4) . This later-motherhood trend has been attributed to numerous educational, professional, personal, financial pursuits, and/or circumstances (5, 6) occurring in the background of an unaltered age-related natural fertility decline, forcing a reproductive dilemma for women and society. Further burdening this trend is that pregnancies conceived at an advanced maternal age are more often associated with aneuploidy and spontaneous abortion (7–9) .</P>Procreative delay has led to an evolution in reproductive technologies, most notably oocyte cryopreservation. Due to improvements in outcome along with its ability to maintain reproductive autonomy, oocyte http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Fertility and Sterility Elsevier

What do reproductive-age women who undergo oocyte cryopreservation think about the process as a means to preserve fertility?

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2013 American Society for Reproductive Medicine
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0015-0282
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10.1016/j.fertnstert.2013.07.201
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Discuss: You can discuss this article with its authors and with other ASRM members at http://fertstertforum.com/hodes-wertzb-oocyte-cryopreservation-quality-of-life/ </P>During the past three decades, the industrialized world has witnessed an increase in the age at first birth and the number of women delaying childbearing (1) . Commensurate has been a 150% increase in number of women giving birth between the ages of 35 and 39 years and a steady increase in those aged 40–44 years (2) . In the past year alone, the first-birth rate for women aged 40–44 years increased 5%, whereas the average overall first-birth age climbed to 25.4 years (up from 21.4 years in 1970) for all races (3, 4) . This later-motherhood trend has been attributed to numerous educational, professional, personal, financial pursuits, and/or circumstances (5, 6) occurring in the background of an unaltered age-related natural fertility decline, forcing a reproductive dilemma for women and society. Further burdening this trend is that pregnancies conceived at an advanced maternal age are more often associated with aneuploidy and spontaneous abortion (7–9) .</P>Procreative delay has led to an evolution in reproductive technologies, most notably oocyte cryopreservation. Due to improvements in outcome along with its ability to maintain reproductive autonomy, oocyte

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Fertility and SterilityElsevier

Published: Nov 1, 2013

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