Demand For Egg Freezing Has Soared By 400 Percent In The Last Year

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Prioritizing a career over motherhood has led to an increase of women freezing their eggs, according to new data.

Demand for the procedure has apparently soared by 400 percent in the last year in the U.K. alone. The new research suggests that the age of women seeking fertility treatment is also falling, with nearly half between the ages of 25 and 34. This is more than 10 percent from the previous year.

Inquiries into fertility testing has increased by 242 percent.

“I see an increasing number of women requesting egg freezing in their 20s and 30s, and choosing to have an IVF cycle when they are in a settled relationship,” Gynaecologist Kiron Bhal, of Cardiff-based Infiniti Healthcare, said. “So there is a trend emerging of younger women, aware they may choose to have children at a later, and less fertile, time of life seeking treatment while they are still young.”

Emily Ross, director of WhatClinic.com, noted that a broad number of social and economic factors have contributed to the increase in demand for fertility treatments like egg freezing. Ross added that “medical tourism” has flourished for fertility and that cost is not the main driver in looking further afield.

The increase in demand for egg freezing is interesting, since only 21 babies were born as a result of 253 fertility cycles that used frozen eggs from 1991 to 2012. Despite the boom in demand, experts have warned against using egg freezing as a first option.

“This is a profit-driven industry, which is fuelled by marketing and positive stories,” Professor Susan Bewley at King’s College London said. “But like most assisted reproductive technology, the reality is way behind the hype.”

The data was originally published on WhatClinic.com.

Source: DailyMail


 
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