Women are freezing their eggs for use later. Will they be viable when thawed?

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Because eggs are one of the most important factors in female fertility, and both their quality and quantity declines with age, banking eggs promises to lengthen a woman’s window of fertility and postpone the decision of whether to have kids.

Women must consider other factors besides their eggs, such as their overall health and the health of the sperm they plan to use, in deciding when to get pregnant. And just how good of a bet these new technologies truly are remains to be determined: the vast majority of frozen eggs at clinics have yet to be thawed. The question remains: Will they all be viable?

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The backlash could be huge if many of the women now freezing their eggs later attempt to use them, only to find out their investment failed. The dirty secret of the fertility industry, up to now, has been multiple births; going forward, [company Fertility IQ co-founder Jake] Anderson-Bialis says, “if there’s going to be a black eye, it’s egg freezing.” By this, he means the danger that the eggs, once thawed, will not be viable—a potentially devastating outcome to women sold on the promise of egg freezing.

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