Oocyte banking for anticipated gamete exhaustion (AGE) is a preventive intervention, neither social nor nonmedical

Dominic Stoop, Fulco Van Der Veen, M. Deneyer, Julie Nekkebroeck, Herman Tournaye

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Abstract

The scope of female fertility preservation through cryopreservation of oocytes or ovarian cortex has widened from mainly oncological indications to a variety of fertility-threatening conditions. So far, no specific universally accepted denomination name has been given to cryopreservation of oocytes or ovarian cortex for the prevention of age-related fertility decline. We argue that the commonly used phrases 'social' and 'nonmedical freezing' to denote the indication for cryopreservation are not entirely correct. We suggest 'AGE banking', as this has not only the advantage of being catchy but also depicts the exact indication for the strategy, anticipated gamete exhaustion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)548-551
Number of pages4
JournalReprod Biomed Online
Volume28
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • AGE banking
  • age-related fertility decline
  • elective freezing
  • fertility preservation
  • ovarian ageing
  • social freezing

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