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What do reproductive-age women who undergo oocyte cryopreservation think about the process as a means to preserve fertility?
Fertil Steril. 2013 Nov; 100(5):1343-9.FS

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To better understand women's beliefs, priorities, and attitudes toward oocyte cryopreservation, to appreciate the extent of their reproductive education, and to track the reproductive paths of women who chose to undergo oocyte cryopreservation treatment.

DESIGN

An anonymous 30-question survey.

SETTING

Not applicable.

PATIENT(S)

From 2005-2011, 478 women completed ≥1 oocyte cryopreservation treatment cycle at our center to defer reproduction.

INTERVENTION(S)

None.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S)

Demographics, motivations, desires, fertility knowledge, and outcomes related to oocyte cryopreservation.

RESULT(S)

A total of 183 patients (38%) completed the survey with >80% being aged ≥35 years; white; having no partner at time of oocyte cryopreservation; undergoing oocyte cryopreservation after an optimal reproductive age; feeling they had improved their reproductive future after oocyte cryopreservation and being empowered by the process; aware of age-related infertility; sensing popular media falsely portrayed the upper age limit for natural conception; and recorded lack of partner as the primary rationale for not yet starting a family. Nineteen percent of respondents added that workplace inflexibility contributed to their reproductive dilemma. Half stated they learned about oocyte cryopreservation from a friend; others became aware through a medical provider, the media, and the internet. Most patients (93%) have not yet returned to use their frozen oocytes; 11 stated they had. Overall, 20% reported a successful conception after oocyte cryopreservation.

CONCLUSION(S)

Surveying oocyte cryopreservation patients provides a glimpse into the knowledge base and motivations surrounding current female reproductive practices. Oocyte cryopreservation technology may prove to bridge the gap between reproductive prime and when a woman is realistically "ready" to have children.

Authors+Show Affiliations

New York University, Fertility Center at New York University Langone Medical Center, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York. Electronic address: hodesb01@med.nyu.edu.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23953326

Citation

Hodes-Wertz, Brooke, et al. "What Do Reproductive-age Women Who Undergo Oocyte Cryopreservation Think About the Process as a Means to Preserve Fertility?" Fertility and Sterility, vol. 100, no. 5, 2013, pp. 1343-9.
Hodes-Wertz B, Druckenmiller S, Smith M, et al. What do reproductive-age women who undergo oocyte cryopreservation think about the process as a means to preserve fertility? Fertil Steril. 2013;100(5):1343-9.
Hodes-Wertz, B., Druckenmiller, S., Smith, M., & Noyes, N. (2013). What do reproductive-age women who undergo oocyte cryopreservation think about the process as a means to preserve fertility? Fertility and Sterility, 100(5), 1343-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2013.07.201
Hodes-Wertz B, et al. What Do Reproductive-age Women Who Undergo Oocyte Cryopreservation Think About the Process as a Means to Preserve Fertility. Fertil Steril. 2013;100(5):1343-9. PubMed PMID: 23953326.
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TY - JOUR T1 - What do reproductive-age women who undergo oocyte cryopreservation think about the process as a means to preserve fertility? AU - Hodes-Wertz,Brooke, AU - Druckenmiller,Sarah, AU - Smith,Meghan, AU - Noyes,Nicole, Y1 - 2013/08/13/ PY - 2013/05/16/received PY - 2013/06/19/revised PY - 2013/07/10/accepted PY - 2013/8/20/entrez PY - 2013/8/21/pubmed PY - 2013/12/29/medline KW - Oocyte cryopreservation KW - fertility preservation KW - quality of life SP - 1343 EP - 9 JF - Fertility and sterility JO - Fertil. Steril. VL - 100 IS - 5 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To better understand women's beliefs, priorities, and attitudes toward oocyte cryopreservation, to appreciate the extent of their reproductive education, and to track the reproductive paths of women who chose to undergo oocyte cryopreservation treatment. DESIGN: An anonymous 30-question survey. SETTING: Not applicable. PATIENT(S): From 2005-2011, 478 women completed ≥1 oocyte cryopreservation treatment cycle at our center to defer reproduction. INTERVENTION(S): None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Demographics, motivations, desires, fertility knowledge, and outcomes related to oocyte cryopreservation. RESULT(S): A total of 183 patients (38%) completed the survey with >80% being aged ≥35 years; white; having no partner at time of oocyte cryopreservation; undergoing oocyte cryopreservation after an optimal reproductive age; feeling they had improved their reproductive future after oocyte cryopreservation and being empowered by the process; aware of age-related infertility; sensing popular media falsely portrayed the upper age limit for natural conception; and recorded lack of partner as the primary rationale for not yet starting a family. Nineteen percent of respondents added that workplace inflexibility contributed to their reproductive dilemma. Half stated they learned about oocyte cryopreservation from a friend; others became aware through a medical provider, the media, and the internet. Most patients (93%) have not yet returned to use their frozen oocytes; 11 stated they had. Overall, 20% reported a successful conception after oocyte cryopreservation. CONCLUSION(S): Surveying oocyte cryopreservation patients provides a glimpse into the knowledge base and motivations surrounding current female reproductive practices. Oocyte cryopreservation technology may prove to bridge the gap between reproductive prime and when a woman is realistically "ready" to have children. SN - 1556-5653 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23953326/What_do_reproductive_age_women_who_undergo_oocyte_cryopreservation_think_about_the_process_as_a_means_to_preserve_fertility L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0015-0282(13)00980-1 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -