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Table 3 Resident views of elective oocyte freezing. All numbers are presented as N (%)

From: Egg freezing for fertility preservation and family planning: a nationwide survey of US Obstetrics and Gynecology residents

  Female Male All
n = 103 n = 10 n = 113
Views on elective oocyte freezing for patients
 Do you feel comfortable counseling a patient on oocyte freezing?
  Yes 51 (49.5)
  No 32 (31.1)
  Unsure 20 (19.4)
 What information do you consider most important to know as a prospective patient? (nonexclusive)
  How much does an oocyte-freezing cycle cost? 101 (98.1) 5 (50.0) 106 (93.8)
  What is the optimal age for oocyte freezing? 93 (90.3) 9 (90.0) 102 (90.3)
  What are the annual storage fees for vitrified oocytes? 93 (90.3) 5 (50.0) 98 (86.7)
  How many years are vitrified oocytes viable? 92 (89.3) 5 (50.0) 97 (85.8)
  What is the average number of oocytes needed to obtain one pregnancy? 82 (79.6) 7 (70.0) 89 (78.8)
  Are there health reasons to consider oocyte-freezing at a younger age? 61 (59.2) 6 (60.0) 67 (59.3)
  What happens if my vitrified oocytes are lost due to error? 36 (35.0) 8 (80.0) 44 (38.9)
  Can I donate unused vitrified oocytes to research? 30 (29.2) 1 (10.0) 31 (27.4)
  Can I donate unused vitrified oocytes to another woman? 26 (25.2) 1 (10.0) 27 (23.9)
  Why do women freeze their oocytes? 24 (23.3) 4 (40.0) 28 (24.8)
Views on elective oocyte freezing for residents and themselves
 Should all female residents consider oocyte freezing?
  Yes 27 (26.2)
  No 57 (55.3)
  Unsure 18 (17.5)
  Missing 1 (1.0)
 Would you consider freezing your oocytes?
  Yes 47 (45.6)
  No 39 (37.9)
  Unsure 16 (15.5)
  Missing 1 (1.0)
 If so, at what age would you do so?
  25 or under 3 (2.9)
  26–30 33 (32.0)
  31–34 42 (40.8)
  35–37 12 (11.7)
  38–40 4 (3.9)
  Unsure 3 (2.9)
  Missing 6 (5.8)
 Would you consider freezing your oocytes if you did not have a partner?
  Yes 63 (61.2)
  No 20 (19.4)
  Unsure 16 (15.5)
  Missing 4 (3.9)
 What do you consider an affordable out-of-pocket cost for oocyte freezing?
  $2000–$5000 70 (68.0)
  $5000–$10,000 19 (18.4)
  $10,000–$15,000 1 (1.0)
  Unsure 13 (12.6)
 Would you prefer to be employed by an employer who offers oocyte freezing as part of benefits package?
  Yes 67 (65.0)
  No 13 (12.6)
  Unsure 23 (2.3)
 Would you consider freezing your oocytes in the following circumstances? (nonexclusive)
  There is insurance coverage or employer financial support for the cycle 76 (73.8) 7 (70.0) 83 (73.5)
  There is no effect on health of children born from vitrified oocytes 61 (59.2) 5 (50.0) 66 (58.4)
  You did not currently have a partner 62 (60.2) 3 (30.0) 65 (57.5)
  You currently don’t have children 55 (53.4) 5 (50.0) 60 (53.1)
  There is higher pregnancy rate using vitrified oocytes than with natural or routine IVF treatment at advanced female age 52 (50.5) 4 (40.0) 56 (49.6)
  Oocyte-freezing was available locally 41 (39.8) 4 (40.0) 45 (39.8)
 If you have a partner would you be more interested in freezing embryos than eggs?
  Yes 49 (47.6) 5 (50.0) 54 (47.8)
  No 41 (39.8) 3 (30.0) 44 (38.9)
  Missing 13 (12.6) 2 (20.0) 15 (13.3)
  1. Cells containing “—” are responses to questions that male participants were not asked to complete, and therefore responses are only presented for female participants
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