As egg freezing technology improves, questions about how common this practice should be become more prevalent.
This morning’s Edith Louise Potter Memorial Lecture will offer two answers to that question during “Debate: Should Egg Freezing Be Routine?” The debate takes place from 10:25 – 11:15 am in Hall D.
In addition to exploring the efficacy of the technology, the debate will examine the cost and personal implications of egg freezing. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the process and rationale for this elective technology, while also learning about the latest data on oocyte cryopreservation’s utilization, efficacy, and cost.
Clarisa R. Gracia, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of fertility preservation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, will argue for more routine egg freezing.
“The ability for women to freeze their eggs has provided a degree of reproductive freedom, and women should be allowed to take advantage of this technology if they wish,” she said.
Anne Z. Steiner, MD, fertility specialist and associate professor at the University of North Carolina, will point out some of the cost issues and personal implications. She noted that appropriate counseling is critical, and false hope or advertising should not be permitted.
“Although we’re arguing two sides, I think Dr. Gracia and I would say that, in the end, the important thing is that the technology is there, that it is offered and made available, but that it be associated with appropriate counseling that addresses all of the benefits and potential downsides,” Dr. Steiner said.