Young women today often put building a career before starting a family. But their biological clocks keep ticking. The longer women wait to become pregnant, the more challenging it can be. Now women have the opportunity to freeze their eggs at a younger age for use when they are older and the timing is better.
Egg cryopreservation is the process of freezing eggs for future use. This alternative to embryo preservation allows young women who are waiting to start a family or who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer to preserve their fertility by banking their eggs. Egg freezing has the potential to resolve ethical issues that arise when couples who have completed their families through in vitro fertilization (IVF) struggle with deciding what to do with the excess embryos. Egg freezing became a viable alternative after studies showed that pregnancy rates and the odds of delivering healthy babies were the same in IVF whether frozen eggs or new eggs were used.
Cleveland Clinic infertility specialist Dr. Jeffrey M. Goldberg, Head, Section of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, will provide answers to questions on egg freezing or infertility in general.
Jeffrey Goldberg, MD, received his medical degree from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School in Newark, N.J. in 1983. He completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he remained on faculty until joining Cleveland Clinic in 1991. Currently, he is Head of the Section of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Cleveland Clinic and is a professor at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He is also the director of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowship program.
Dr. Goldberg is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board-certified in reproductive endocrinology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. His clinical interests are advanced endoscopic surgery, microsurgical tubal anastomosis, in vitro fertilization, and reproductive endocrinology. His research interests include endometriosis, reproductive surgery, and in vitro fertilization.
Dr. Goldberg has published more than 200 scientific articles, abstracts, and book chapters, and co-authored two books on gynecologic endoscopic surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, The American Societies for Reproductive Endocrinologists and Reproductive Surgeons and The American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. He serves on The American Society for Reproductive Medicine Practice Committee, the board of directors of the Society of Reproductive Surgeons, and is an ad hoc reviewer for several journals, including Fertility and Sterility, The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Human Reproduction.
He was co-recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian Research Innovation Award for robotic surgery, received the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists National Faculty Award for excellence in resident education, and has been selected as a Top Doc in Cleveland and Best Doctors in America since 2001.
To make an appointment with Dr. Goldberg or any of the specialists in the Fertility Center at Cleveland Clinic, please call 216.444.6601. You can also visit us online at clevelandclinic.org/obgyn.