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Aims to provide balanced information including the limitations and risks associated with the technique? of oocyte cryopreservation Author has treated hundreds of women in one of the most prestigious fertility centres in the world Information in this book will be useful for both professionals and for women that are considering oocyte cryopreservation This unique book provides expert advice on all the different aspects related to fertility preservation for age related infertility. Although, there is a lot of information available on the Internet and in books about fertility preservation for cancer treatment, little information is available for young women that are confronted with a ticking biological clock. While men have been able to cryopreserve sperm since the 1950s, women have only recently gained the opportunity to preserve their gametes through the egg vitrification technique. Therefore, many women confronted with a risk of imminent fertility loss, such as chemotherapy, are now freezing their oocytes instead of embryos. Successful oocyte cryopreservation offers them a reproductive autonomy independent of men. Moreover, it now enables single women to preserve their reproductive chances. The most important threat for female fertility is ovarian aging as it causes a progressive decline in the reproductive chances. The general trend to delay motherhood due to societal changes confronts many women and couples with a diminished fertility. This fertility problem can often not be cured by in vitro fertilization, which makes that an increasing number of women require oocyte donation as the treatment of last resort. In the last few years, fertility centres around the world have started to offer the opportunity cryopreserve oocytes to young, often highly educated, single women. This patient population is unique as compared to other patients in the fertility clinic as they perform a preventive treatment. They are neither confronted with infertility nor are they undergoing a treatment that might cause an imminent treat to their fertility.
Table of contents (13 chapters) Female Age and Reproductive Chances Kat, A. C. (et al.) Pages 1-10 Late Motherhood in Low-Fertility Countries: Reproductive Intentions, Trends and Consequences Sobotka, Tomá (et al.) Pages 11-29 Treatment Options for Age Related Fertility Loss Drakopoulos, Panagiotis (et al.) Pages 31-42 Preliminary Assessment Prior to Oocyte Cryopreservation Rustamov, O. (et al.) Pages 43-52 Alternative Options for Preventive Oocyte Cryopreservation Visser, Marja Pages 53-59 The Profile of a Pioneer Cohort of Women Opting for Oocyte Cryopreservation for Non-medical Reasons Nekkebroeck, Julie Pages 61-71 Ovarian Stimulation Prior to Elective Oocyte Cryopreservation Iglesias, C. (et al.) Pages 73-86 Oocyte Cryopreservation Technique Munck, Neelke (et al.) Pages 87-101 Optimal Preparation Prior to the Use of Cryopreserved Oocytes Mackens, Shari (et al.) Pages 103-116 Clinical Outcome After Oocyte Cryopreservation for Elective Fertility Preservation Cobo, Ana Pages 117-124 Safety of Preventive Oocyte Cryopreservation Parikh, Shruti (et al.) Pages 125-139 Procreative Procrastination: The Ethics of Postponed Parenthood Cutas, Daniela (et al.) Pages 141-156 Ethical Aspects of AGE Banking Mertes, Heidi