Egg-freezing for fertility offers hope - and hype

by Jon Henshaw

Marie McCullough in Philadelphia Inquirer reports:

guring out how to freeze a woman’s eggs so she can look forward to making babies with Mr. Right, even if he doesn’t show up until she’s halfway to retirement.

Egg-freezing is suddenly the subject of advertisements, talk shows, magazine articles, and even a fledgling chain of cryo-egg franchises.

It sounds great, but women who grab the option right away should not expect to extend anything, except maybe their credit card limit.

Only about 120 frozen-egg babies have been born worldwide since the first one in 1985 - too few, experts say, to rule out genetic risks. While egg-preservation technology is improving, it remains hit-or-miss, and most clinics offering it commercially have not had much practice, let alone produced a cryo-egg baby.

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