Please cite this paper as: Wood MJ. Vitrification of oocytes. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 2012;14:45–49.
Vitrification of oocytes
Article first published online: 26 JAN 2012
© 2012 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Volume 14, Issue 1, pages 45–49, January 2012
How to Cite
Wood, M. J. (2012), Vitrification of oocytes. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, 14: 45–49. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-4667.2011.00078.x
- Issue published online: 26 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 26 JAN 2012
- assisted conception;
- congenital anomalies;
- oocyte cryopreservation;
- oocyte donation;
- pregnancy rates
- • Vitrified oocytes can retain a capacity for fertilisation and development which is similar to that of non-cryopreserved sibling oocytes.
- • More than 450 births have resulted from assisted conception with vitrified oocytes.
- • Controlled studies are required before the efficiency of vitrification can be fully assessed.
- • Aspects of methodology and safety still need to be resolved before vitrification is accepted unreservedly as part of conventional assisted conception.
- • To understand what is meant by vitrification and how it is achieved in practice.
- • To learn about the advantages and drawbacks of oocyte vitrification.
- • To have an overview of the success of assisted conception with vitrified oocytes.
- • To appreciate where questions remain to be answered about the methodology, safety and clinical outcome of vitrification.
- • Should assisted conception be offered with donor oocytes that have not undergone full quarantine similar to that required for donated sperm and embryos?