Handbook of Human Oocyte Cryopreservation

Handbook of Human Oocyte Cryopreservation

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Human oocyte cryopreservation has undergone rapid growth, with technical improvement and increasing clinical application over the last ten years. Storing eggs is ethical and gives many young women their most realistic chance of conception. Cryopreservation, however, is still considered by many as an experimental technique and conflicting reports are published as to its efficacy. For these reasons, it is necessary to give reproductive researchers and practitioners comprehensive and systematic information about the field. This book describes and analyses the history of human oocyte freezing, the main steps of technical evolution, and the pros and cons of different techniques. In addition, the clinical applications, long-term outcome, efficiency and safety of oocyte cryopreservation are detailed. The Handbook of Human Oocyte Cryopreservation gives a complete picture of the field today and is a valuable text for embryologists, cryobiologists, reproductive medicine practitioners and anyone involved in researching and implementing the technique.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 8 b/w illus. 91 colour illus.
  • 1139847481
  • 9781139847483

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Why freeze human eggs? Clinical and biological indications for human oocyte cryopreservation; 2. Natural history of human oocyte cryopreservation; 3. Clinical management of oocyte cryopreservation; 4. Laboratory management of oocyte cryopreservation; 5. Slow freezing and rapid thawing; 6. Vitrification/warming; 7. Comparison between slow freezing and vitrification: pros and cons; 8. Safety of storage; 9. Database; 10. Physician-embryologists cooperation for optimal management of the oocyte cryopreservation program; 11. Costs; 12. Staff; 13. Secrets and tricks of oocyte cryopreservation; Index.show more

About Eleonora Porcu

Eleonora Porcu MD is the Director of the Infertility and IVF Centre, Department of Gynecology, Obstetrics and Pediatrics, University Hospital S. Orsola-Malpighi, Bologna, and Assistant Professor in Reproductive Medicine, University of Bologna, Italy. Patrizia Ciotti BSc is a Research Scientist at the Infertility and IVF Centre, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy. Stefano Venturoli MD is Professor, Department of Gynecology, Obstetrics and Pediatrics, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.show more

Review quote

'This succinct book addresses all aspects of cryopreservation from the clinical, ethical and practical aspects and, in addition to embryologists, would be of interest to reproductive medicine practitioners, clinicians in other disciplines whose patients might need fertility preservation, and gynaecology trainees and medical students.' The Obstetrician and Gynaecologistshow more