Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 298, Issue 1, pp 191–198 | Cite as

Attitude towards ovarian tissue and oocyte cryopreservation for non-medical reasons: a cross-sectional study

  • Nada Woodtli
  • Michael von Wolff
  • Norman Bitterlich
  • Petra StuteEmail author
Gynecologic Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine



To assess the attitude towards ovarian tissue and oocyte cryopreservation for non-medical reasons.


Cross-sectional electronic survey in 248 Swiss women aged 15–35 years, nationally representative for educational level.


Most women did not worry about an age-related fertility decline. Two-thirds of women would consider using hormone therapy (HT) for menopausal symptom relief although concerns about side effects and risks were still high. Acceptance of cryopreservation of oocytes (19%) or ovarian tissue (13%) for postponing fertility or menopause was generally low, but increased (37%) if both goals could be achieved with one surgery. Cryopreservation of ovarian tissue for postponing menopause was acceptable for 22% of women. Not having a suitable partner until age 35 increased the likelihood of considering postponing fertility by cryopreservation (p < 0.001) and had a stronger impact on that decision than the factor “pursuing a career” (p < 0.001).


More education on age-related fertility decline, menopause and HT (benefit–risk ratio) is needed. Furthermore, the political and socioeconomic discussion should focus on women’s needs, especially on compatibility of career and family.


Cryopreservation Ovarian tissue Oocyte Hormone therapy Fertility 



The authors are grateful for all participants taking part in the survey.

Author contributions

NW: questionnaire set up, participants’ recruitment, writing the manuscript. MvW: discussion of results, advise on manuscript. NB: statistics. PS: principle investigator, responsible for study idea, design, finances, supervision of doctoral student, finalizing the manuscript.



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Conflict of interest

The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests in respect to the presented study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Medizin & Service GmbHChemnitzGermany
  3. 3.Department of Gynaecologic Endocrinology and Reproductive MedicineUniversity Women’s HospitalBernSwitzerland

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