Ovarian tissue cryopreservation A committee opinion

Capsule:
This document describes the strategy of ovarian tissue cryopreservation to preserve fertility in patients who may undergo gonadotoxic medical therapy, radiation therapy, or gonadectomy.

Author:
Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Volume 101, Issue 5, Pages 1237–1243

Abstract:
Ovarian tissue cryopreservation is an option to preserve reproductive potential in patients who must urgently undergo aggressive chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy or who have other medical conditions requiring treatment that may threaten ovarian function and subsequent fertility. Ovarian tissue cryopreservation may be the only option available to prepubertal girls undergoing such treatments. However, these techniques are still considered to be experimental. This document outlines the current technology, clinical outcomes, and risks of ovarian tissue cryopreservation and recommendations for clinical applications. This document and the document “Mature Oocyte Cryopreservation: A Guideline” published in 2013 (Fertil Steril 2013;99:37–43) replace the document “Ovarian Tissue and Oocyte Cryopreservation” last published in 2008 (Fertil Steril 2008;90:S241–6).

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