Freezing eggs

Fertility Specialist Richard Marrrs, MD, explains the process of a woman freezing her eggs and how it can be used to help women have children at a later age
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Egg cryopreservation is the ability to freeze the unfertilized egg in the human. And this has been a huge breakthrough in the last couple of years. It is the method that we are looking at now to be able to preserve a woman´s fertility at a young age. We can now freeze the unfertilized egg, whereas before we were only able to freeze the egg after it fertilized, formed an embryo. Then, we could freeze the embryo and it was viable to produce children. Today we have the ability to take an egg, takes eggs from a young woman, freeze them. When she desires to start her family 10 years later, she can thaw them out with her husband, fertilize them, and have a child. We have been using this technology to protect women´s fertility or preserve women´s fertility in women who are facing chemotherapy for either breast cancer or lymphomas at a young age. We collect their eggs, freeze them. These women usually are not married or do not have a partner. They do not have to fertilize those eggs now. They can be frozen. They can be thawed whenever they have a partner and they can produce their own children even though their ovaries may not be functioning after their cancer chemotherapy.

Fertility Specialist Richard Marrrs, MD, explains the process of a woman freezing her eggs and how it can be used to help women have children at a later age

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Richard Marrs, MD

Fertility Specialist

Dr. Richard Marrs is a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist. He studied medicine and trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Texas before moving to Southern California to study Reproductive Endocrinology. While at the University of Southern California, he developed one of the country’s first IVF programs, which is responsible for the second IVF birth in the United States and the first birth from cryopreserved embryos in the United States in 1986. He is internationally recognized for his contributions to the development of IVF. He has published over 200 papers and books in the area of Reproductive Endocrinology and In Vitro Fertilization and is a prominent figure in the national and international infertility communities. In 1996, he published a book for couples called the Dr. Richard Marrs' Fertility Book: America's Leading Infertility Expert Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Getting Pregnant.

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