Some women choose to freeze their eggs for medical reasons, while others want to hold off on family building while they pursue other aspects of life. Fortunately, there are options to preserve your fertility until you’re ready.
VALHALLA, N.Y., February 13, 2013—A team led by a New York Medical College physician-researcher has discovered the factors that decrease female fertility as a woman ages.
The findings, which were published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine, could lead to new research that could potentially boost a woman’s fertility in her later years.
Led by Kutluk Oktay, M.D., a clinician scientist specializing in preserving the fertility of female cancer patients, a research team examined eggs collected from women aged 24-41 undergoing in vitro fertilization and fertility preservation procedures. The researchers found that as eggs get older, they lose their ability to repair DNA double-strand breaks.