How do I know if egg freezing is for me?
The tool is currently being tested in a group of research volunteers and is not yet widely available. But I hope it represents a move towards more transparency and openness about the real costs and benefits of egg freezing. Yes, it’s a remarkable technology that can help people become parents. But it may not be the best option for everyone.
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Anna Louie Sussman has frozen eggs in Italy and Spain because the service in New York is too expensive. Fortunately, there are professional couriers willing to carry frozen sex cells on international journeys, she Written.
Michele Harrison was 41 when she frozen her 21 eggs. By the time she wanted to use them, two years later, only one was viable. Although she has had children, her case proves that egg freezing does not guarantee parenthood, Written Bonnie Rocheman.
What if someone dies with eggs in storage? Frozen eggs and sperm can still be used to create new life, but it’s hard to determine who can make the decision, like me. Written in the previous edition of The Checkup.
Meanwhile, the race to create artificial eggs and sperm in the lab is underway. These cells, which can be made from a person’s blood or skin cells, have the potential to solve a lot of fertility problems—if they are proven safe, as I wrote in a feature for last year sex magazine.
Researchers are also looking to mature eggs from transgender men in the lab, this could allow them to store and use their eggs without having to pause medical care for sex determination or undergo other potentially distressing procedures, like me Written last year.
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