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Women should freeze sections of ovaries

28th October 2010

A leading fertility expert has suggested women in their 20s should be thinking about freezing sections of their ovaries now.

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Dr Sherman Silber, who carried out the world's first full ovary transplant, believes that the move will give them the best chance of conceiving when they try to start a family in their 30s or 40s.

He argues that while some women freeze some of their eggs, actually storing parts of the ovary would lead to thousands more eggs and significantly increase the chances of having a baby.

Dr Silber said freezing a third of an ovary and storing it would mean some 60,000 eggs being captured, which could be transplanted back into the woman later in life.

The move would leave most of the ovary intact if the woman still wished to try to conceive naturally.

He said: “A woman could freeze her ovary at age 19 and have a 19-year-old ovary aged 40.

“We are in the middle of a fertility epidemic across the developed world and the reason is our society is changing. People are not trying to have children or are not even thinking about getting married until they are 35.”

Dr Silber claimed conventional egg freezing had disadvantages because too few eggs were collected during each round of egg retrieval.

The British Fertility Society warned that it was too soon to recommend widespread banking of ovarian tissue while the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority warned that the procedure was relatively new and was “still being developed.”

 

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