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Characteristics and circumstances of women in Australia who cryopreserved their oocytes for non-medical indications.
J Reprod Infant Psychol. 2017 04; 35(2):108-118.JR

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

This study aimed to explore the characteristics and circumstances of women who cryopreserved their oocytes for non-medical indications and their reasons for cryopreservation.

BACKGROUND

Oocyte cryopreservation for non-medical reasons is becoming increasingly common. Little is known about women who freeze their oocytes in this context.

METHODS

All women who had cryopreserved oocytes for non-medical indications at a large Australian fertility treatment centre from 1999 to 2014 were invited to complete an anonymous postal survey.

RESULTS

Of the 193 questionnaires mailed, 10 were returned to sender; 96/183 (53%) were completed and returned. Most respondents had completed tertiary education (90%) and were employed in professional occupations (89%). At the time of oocyte cryopreservation, 48% of women were aged at least 38 years (range 28-44 years). Most (90%) women were single when their oocytes were frozen. The lack of a partner or having a partner unwilling to commit to fatherhood were the most common reasons for oocyte freezing, which was viewed as an investment in hope against the possibility of remaining in these predicaments. Some women reported that discussions in the media and interactions with peers influenced their decisions. A few women were influenced by tests indicating a low ovarian reserve.

CONCLUSION

These data provide new evidence about women's characteristics, circumstances, and reasons for oocyte cryopreservation for non-medical indications that do not support pejorative conceptualisations of these women as selfish and hedonistic.

Authors+Show Affiliations

a Jean Hailes Research Unit, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine , Monash University , Melbourne , Australia.a Jean Hailes Research Unit, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine , Monash University , Melbourne , Australia.a Jean Hailes Research Unit, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine , Monash University , Melbourne , Australia.b Melbourne IVF , East Melbourne , Australia. d Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology , University of Melbourne , Melbourne , Australia.b Melbourne IVF , East Melbourne , Australia.c Royal Women's Hospital , Parkville , Australia.c Royal Women's Hospital , Parkville , Australia. d Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology , University of Melbourne , Melbourne , Australia.c Royal Women's Hospital , Parkville , Australia. d Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology , University of Melbourne , Melbourne , Australia.a Jean Hailes Research Unit, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine , Monash University , Melbourne , Australia.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

29517357

Citation

Pritchard, Natasha, et al. "Characteristics and Circumstances of Women in Australia Who Cryopreserved Their Oocytes for Non-medical Indications." Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, vol. 35, no. 2, 2017, pp. 108-118.
Pritchard N, Kirkman M, Hammarberg K, et al. Characteristics and circumstances of women in Australia who cryopreserved their oocytes for non-medical indications. J Reprod Infant Psychol. 2017;35(2):108-118.
Pritchard, N., Kirkman, M., Hammarberg, K., McBain, J., Agresta, F., Bayly, C., Hickey, M., Peate, M., & Fisher, J. (2017). Characteristics and circumstances of women in Australia who cryopreserved their oocytes for non-medical indications. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 35(2), 108-118. https://doi.org/10.1080/02646838.2016.1275533
Pritchard N, et al. Characteristics and Circumstances of Women in Australia Who Cryopreserved Their Oocytes for Non-medical Indications. J Reprod Infant Psychol. 2017;35(2):108-118. PubMed PMID: 29517357.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Characteristics and circumstances of women in Australia who cryopreserved their oocytes for non-medical indications. AU - Pritchard,Natasha, AU - Kirkman,Maggie, AU - Hammarberg,Karin, AU - McBain,John, AU - Agresta,Franca, AU - Bayly,Christine, AU - Hickey,Martha, AU - Peate,Michelle, AU - Fisher,Jane, Y1 - 2017/01/11/ PY - 2018/3/9/entrez PY - 2018/3/9/pubmed PY - 2019/7/4/medline KW - Egg freezing KW - non-medical indications KW - oocyte cryopreservation KW - psychosocial KW - survey SP - 108 EP - 118 JF - Journal of reproductive and infant psychology JO - J Reprod Infant Psychol VL - 35 IS - 2 N2 - OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore the characteristics and circumstances of women who cryopreserved their oocytes for non-medical indications and their reasons for cryopreservation. BACKGROUND: Oocyte cryopreservation for non-medical reasons is becoming increasingly common. Little is known about women who freeze their oocytes in this context. METHODS: All women who had cryopreserved oocytes for non-medical indications at a large Australian fertility treatment centre from 1999 to 2014 were invited to complete an anonymous postal survey. RESULTS: Of the 193 questionnaires mailed, 10 were returned to sender; 96/183 (53%) were completed and returned. Most respondents had completed tertiary education (90%) and were employed in professional occupations (89%). At the time of oocyte cryopreservation, 48% of women were aged at least 38 years (range 28-44 years). Most (90%) women were single when their oocytes were frozen. The lack of a partner or having a partner unwilling to commit to fatherhood were the most common reasons for oocyte freezing, which was viewed as an investment in hope against the possibility of remaining in these predicaments. Some women reported that discussions in the media and interactions with peers influenced their decisions. A few women were influenced by tests indicating a low ovarian reserve. CONCLUSION: These data provide new evidence about women's characteristics, circumstances, and reasons for oocyte cryopreservation for non-medical indications that do not support pejorative conceptualisations of these women as selfish and hedonistic. SN - 1469-672X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/29517357/Characteristics_and_circumstances_of_women_in_Australia_who_cryopreserved_their_oocytes_for_non_medical_indications_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -