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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. Features • Details of laboratory procedures enable reproductive laboratory staff to learn from the inventors of the technique • Discussion of clinical experience and pregnancy outcome aids clinical management of patients in routine assisted reproduction and fertility preservation • Illustrations help readers to fully understand the content 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.