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Should you freeze your eggs? | New

“I am happy to have regained control of my life.”

alexandra decided to have her eggs frozen, not because she desperately wanted children, but because she feared that at 37, the option was slipping away from her.

“Until now I was so focused on my career that I thought other things would happen, and I think I realized that it doesn’t just happen, you actually have to do something about it. topic,” she said. Hannah Moore.

Alexandra had researched low success rates before starting treatment, but no one at the clinic had told her about the statistics. “I think that’s probably something we could talk about a bit more.”

Doctor Zeynep Gurtin, a lecturer in women’s health at UCL, tells Moore why she is concerned about the rise in the number of women freezing their eggs. “The often-used phrase is that egg freezing is an insurance policy and that’s a terrible way to think about it,” she says. “I think it’s really important that if women go through this procedure that they are fully aware of what they are getting into, that they don’t give themselves false hopes of having this guaranteed baby in the future. .”

Beth Follini is a life coach who specializes in helping women decide whether or not to have children. She tells Moore that she worries that egg freezing clinics are “selling an ideal” of waiting for the right time to have a baby, and women should try not to delay that decision.

A worker demonstrates the working process before freezing eggs in a fertility research lab at Cha Fertility Center in Bundang, South Korea. Photography: Heo Ran for Reuters

Photograph: Heo Ran/Reuters

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