Putting a stop on the biological clock

By Razib Khan | October 25, 2012 2:41 am

Egg freezing enters clinical mainstream:

Egg freezing is no longer an experimental procedure, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), which on 22 October issued new guidelines on the controversial practice. The change in policy is expected to accelerate the growth of clinics that offer egg freezing to women who face fertility-damaging treatment for cancer or other conditions, and to women wishing to delay having a baby — although the society stopped short of endorsing the procedure for that purpose

You can read the full guidelines, with caveats, online. Last I checked this costs on the order of $10,000. Nothing to sneeze at, but definitely not insane when you consider how much money many couples spend on fertility technologies when women are between 35 and 40.

And of course I recommend freezing sperm too. That’s far less costly.

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  • Patrick

    Is there any reason to expect that frozen eggs won’t suffer that progressive genetic damage(or worse) that unfrozen eggs do? At least; any reason to expect this when we’re talking about a healthy person trying to delay childbirth?

  • https://plus.google.com/109962494182694679780/posts Razib Khan

    #1, yes. see the links.

  • Simone Simonini

    Have you or your wife frozen any sperm or eggs?

  • https://plus.google.com/109962494182694679780/posts Razib Khan

    no. we’re too old now for it to yield much gain for $, and i wasn’t conscious of these issues 10 years ago.

  • http://shinbounomatsuri.wordpress.com Spike Gomes

    I’m willing to put money down on this as the high-growth area of the biomedical market over the next 20 years. Oh, for money to invest in it!

  • DK

    I would think thrice before relying on egg freezing Idiocracy-style (“but I have some eggs frozen so as soon as the right guy comes along…”). IVF still carries significantly higher risk of various health problems to the offspring.

  • https://plus.google.com/109962494182694679780/posts Razib Khan

    #6, there are people (professional women) who simply aren’t going to have children before 35. so ivf is likely anyhow.

  • Lusia

    Everything about modernity is centered around the glorious professional woman and her alpha mate am I correct? High-status professional couples are what? 1-5% of society? Feminism is for rich men and women. Most middle-class and lower class people harbor hatred towards feminism on a level, because it sucks for them and destroys their lives. The men of the lower-classes lose economical, social and cultural ground, the girls get a leg up because all of the quotas and affirmative action for women (thanks to rich women pillaging poor men!) and then the working class women decide to become single mothers because the men in their class are “losers!”. Great. Just great.

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