What is the current state of ovarian tissue cryopreservation research?
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Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D.
The Watkins Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, The Oncofertility Consortium
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
The state of the research in ovarian tissue cryopreservation, and the use of that tissue when the woman is ready for it, is really moving at a very rapid pace. To cryopreserve the ovary is now something that we can do very easily. We can remove the ovary under a laparoscopic technology that allows the surgery to occur in under 20 minutes. That tissue is removed and the woman is ready to go home within the next two hours. It also allows her to resume treatment the next day.