Title

Clinical improvements in oocyte cryopreservation

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

7-1-2002

Journal

Infertility and Reproductive Medicine Clinics of North America

Volume

13

Issue

3

Abstract

Oocyte cryopreservation is one of the tools missing from assisted reproductive technologies. It would circumvent the moral, psychological, and legal problems that are invariably associated with embryo cryopreservation. It also would expand the fertility options of women who for medical or lifestyle reasons are delaying pregnancy. Finally, oocyte cryopreservation would allow banking for donation in a similar manner that has been developed for cryopreserved sperm. Significant improvements have been made in cryopreservation techniques, but the varied results discussed in this article suggest that continued research toward improving oocyte competency after thawing are vital before including oocyte cryopreservation as a standard therapy for assisted reproductive technologies.

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