Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics

, Volume 36, Issue 9, pp 1935–1947 | Cite as

Physicians’ attitudes towards using elective oocyte cryopreservation to accommodate the demands of their career

  • Susan NasabEmail author
  • Jaimin S. Shah
  • Kemi Nurudeen
  • Neda D. Jooya
  • Mazen E. Abdallah
  • Baha M. Sibai
Assisted Reproduction Technologies



Among medical professionals, there appears to be a significant lack of knowledge about oocyte cryopreservation. Medical professionals may be potential candidates for elective oocyte cryopreservation due to the demands and commitments of medical training. There is a paucity of data on this topic among medical professionals. The aim of this study was to assess knowledge, understanding, and beliefs towards elective egg freezing among medical professionals to assess whether they are potential candidates for elective egg freezing.


This is a cross-sectional descriptive study in a university-based training program. All medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty were included. An online survey was emailed to potential participants. It included demographic questions regarding childbearing decision-making factors, fertility knowledge, and attitudes towards using elective oocyte cryopreservation.


A total of 1000 emails were sent. Of those, 350 completed surveys were received. On average, 33% of responders provided a correct answer to each fertility knowledge question. The duration of training and the heavy workload with long duty hours were the most common influencing factors when deciding the timing of childbearing. Overall, 65% of the male and female responders were concerned about their future fertility. Among those women who had future fertility concerns, 8% were not aware of egg freezing as a fertility option and wished they had had an opportunity to freeze their eggs at an earlier time.


Physicians’ childbearing decisions can be affected by the demands of their careers. Elective oocyte cryopreservation could be considered an option for family planning. Educational sessions and awareness programs are needed to provide information about available fertility preservation options, which can potentially decrease the rate of regret.


Elective egg freezing Social egg freezing Oocyte cryopreservation Medical professionals 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.McGovern Medical School, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyThe University of Texas Health Science Center at HoustonHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Houston Fertility InstituteHoustonUSA

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