As technology improves, egg freezing has become increasingly popular – both for social and health reasons.
Egg freezing is a form of fertility preservation for women. It may be suitable for:
Couples are starting families later in life. Whilst the previous generation often had children in their early 20s, we now see that women are more likely to think about starting a family in their 30s.
An article in The Independent provided insight from research between the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and Yale University in the US:
“85 per cent of those visiting (fertility) clinics were not in romantic relationships at the time, the remaining 15 per cent had unstable partners who were either not interested in having children or were also in relationships with other people.
When their motivations for freezing their eggs were analysed, it transpired that prioritising one’s career was the least common response.
Most of the women had already pursued and completed their educational and career goals, but by their late 30s had been unable to find a lasting reproductive relationship with a stable partner. This is why they turned to egg freezing.”
The egg freezing procedure is similar to an IVF cycle.
Only certain individuals will receive NHS funding for their treatment. Those that wish to freeze their eggs for ‘social’ reasons will need to have treatment at private clinics.
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