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Social freezing – hype or hope?

The new preventive medical offer of social freezing (SF) is increasingly used in the therapeutic range of German childhood centers. Despite all the promises of this technology, which unfortunately is also marketed as »fertility insurance«, it is also important to point out the still critical points.

This paper discusses the social, technical and economic background of SF and serves to illustrate the increasingly polemical discussion in recent years. It is intended to contribute to a critical and informed patient education.

Thus, SF actually represents an »emergency solution«, which is associated with many disadvantages, as an »insurance of fertility«. In fact, the offering physician is in a balancing act between mercantile aspects – as a result of which colorful »appetizer advertising« and unrealistic promises are observable – and the critical weighing of the actual medical benefits.

In any case, the method must be used to promote the discussion on the topic of family foundations in the optimal conceptual age and on the age-dependent diminishing chances.

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Social freezing, cryopreservation, fertility, unfertilized oocyte, demography

Sören von Otte
Fachbereich Endokrinologie und Reproduktionsmedizin,
Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel
Reviewer: Frank Nawroth, Hamburg,
und Askan Schultze-Mosgau, Lübeck

von Otte S. Social Freezing ... Gynakol Geburtsmed Gynakol Endokrinol 2016; 12(3): 202–217 publiziert 30.11.2016 ©akademos Wissenschaftsverlag 2016 ISSN 1614-8533