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Doctors' group to women: Don't freeze your eggs

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(WJLA) - Some doctors are warning women not to freeze their eggs to try to pause their biological clocks. But in big cities like Washington, young professional women say freezing their eggs might be their only hope.

“I literally want one baby,” says Melanie Bradshaw. “If I get one baby then I will be good to go.”

Newly-divorced Bradshaw worried her dream of one day giving birth to that one baby was in jeopardy. After careful consideration, she dropped thousands of dollars at Shady Grove Fertility to keep more than a dozen of her eggs on ice.

“It’s such a huge relief to be able to do that for yourself,” she says.

Last fall, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine voted to remove the "experimental" label from egg freezing and since then, fertility centers report seeing an influx of young woman.

But recently another notable group, the American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists, issued a statement warning young, healthy women not to use egg freezing to pause their biological clocks. The group feels more data is necessary to see how well the procedure guarantees a successful pregnancy down the road.

“You want to have reassuring data behind it,” says Dr. Joseph Doyle, a reproductive endocrinologist.

Dr. Doyle believes it’s important for women to go to a clinic that has experience, and says another big factor with success rates is a woman’s age and health.

“You have your best success rates when you come back to use them if everything is normal when you start,” Dr. Doyle says.

Bradshaw is happy with her decision. She says when she finds the right man she plans to try and get pregnant naturally, but is glad she has part of her future frozen away.

“I think it’s important to be able to use that option if you need to,” she says.

Egg freezing can cost an average of $10,000 to $15,000. Doctors say a woman’s best chance for success is in her mid-thirties if she is at a healthy weight and doesn’t smoke.

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