Elective Egg Freezing

Marcia C. Inhorn, Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli, Pasquale Patrizio

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The advent of vitrification has been a game changer in the world of oocyte cryopreservation, simplifying laboratory procedures and making the egg freezing process more efficient. As a result, an increasing number of women worldwide are turning to elective egg freezing (EEF) as a form of fertility preservation. Among the potential reasons for EEF, the most frequently cited is the lack of a partner with whom to pursue marriage and childbearing. In this chapter, we explain the life circumstances that lead women to EEF and the challenge of pursuing EEF without a partner. We emphasize the need for support of single women pursuing EEF and thus the importance of a patient-centered approach to EEF in in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFemale and Male Fertility Preservation
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783030477677
ISBN (Print)9783030477660
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022

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  • Elective egg freezing
  • Fertility preservation
  • Men as partners
  • Oocyte cryopreservation
  • Patient-centered care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Health Professions
  • General Medicine


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