Not all eggs in one basket


In more news about women freezing their eggs to extend their fertile years, a study by Dr. Julie Nekkebroeck, senior psychologist at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine, UZ Brussel, Brussels, found that a group of highly educated and financially secure women over 38 had applied to freeze their eggs because they had not met Mr. Right. They based their findings on extensive interviews with 15 of those women.

“We found that they had all had partners in the past and one was currently in a relationship, but they had not fulfilled their desire to have a child because they thought that they had not found the right man,” she said. All of the women learned about the freezing option from the internet.

The women expressed their main reason for freezing was to take the pressure off finding Mr. Right before their clock started ticking. About a third said it was insurance against possible future infertility. All of them had discussed their ideas with friends and family and all had been supported in their decision.

More than half thought the cost was a burden and a little over a quarter of the women didn’t like the idea of undergoing hormone treatment. “The average age that the women thought they would use their frozen oocytes was 43.4 years, an age at which, for most women, there is considerable difficulty in achieving a spontaneous conception. But if they found a suitable partner, most of them said they would prefer spontaneous pregnancy,” said Dr. Nekkebroeck.

“We will continue interviewing these women to confirm our results… Because women have only just gained access to this efficient method of preserving their fertility, we believe that our results will add to the continuing debate about egg freezing for social reasons,” Dr. Nekkebroeck concluded.

Source: Mary Rice, ESHRE, Medical News Today


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