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Sarah Bagg was 38 when she decided to freeze her eggs. “I’d kind of always thought, like a lot of women do, that I was going to have kids and it was all going to happen naturally,” she explains. Then, three years ago, after the breakdown of a longterm relationship, she decided she needed to take steps to preserve her fertility. “It was kind of part of my own healing process as well as being able to put a plan into action,” she says. “I went in for a consultation and when I came out, I just knew that I had to do it.”
The business development and marketing manager from Brighton, now 41, is one of a growing number of women freezing their eggs in the UK. The latest figures from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which regulates fertility treatment in the UK, show that since 2010, egg freezing has risen every year; in 2016, there were 1,173 egg freezing cycles completed – a 10% increase from the year before.
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AN ASIAN fertility franchise setting up shop in Melbourne says it will “transform” the fertility management industry by providing “pay as you go” egg freezing to millennial women.
XY. Life clinics, owned by Borderless Healthcare Group, says women will be able to freeze their eggs for as little as $5 a day.
Welcome to the business of egg freezing. It seems like everyone — fictional characters on Freeform’s The Bold Type; celebrities, like Olivia Munn, Whitney Cummings, and Rita Ora; friends and coworkers — is investing.
It’s only been six years since the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) lifted the “experimental” label from egg-freezing procedures (known formally as oocyte cryopreservation), which had been growing in number since the first live birth of a baby that had been an embryo on ice (also known as Zoe Leyland) in 1984. The New York Times has reported that more than 20,000 American women have elected to freeze their eggs — that number includes a 1,500 percent rise from 2009 to 2016, says the ASRM.
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More and more women are putting their eggs on ice – for which a single extraction costs between $9,000 and $12,000, plus $500 per year for storage.
However, since the process is relatively new, there has been little concrete evidence to show what the chances are of making a return on that investment.
New data on 800 women, being presented at a conference this week, suggest that, even for the most fertile group under 34 years old, achieving the modest goal of a 60 percent success rate is not likely with one round alone.
The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (RCOG) recently draw the attention of In vitro fertilization (IVF) experts on a very salient observation that egg freezing had tripled in five years. RCOG also stated that a large number of those who go for egg freezing are over 37 years and these group of people have lower chances of success when they would need the eggs. This, researchers have linked to the fact that more women now postpone raising families due to many social factors including educational/career pursuits and the unavailability of the right partners.
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Single at 36, ALICE MANN put her fertility on ice before trying to get pregnant four years later – here, with devastating honesty, she tells the heartbreaking story every woman must read before she freezes her eggs
‘So,’ said the voice on the phone. ‘Of the seven eggs that we defrosted, only two fertilised successfully. And I’m afraid both of those are abnormal. You don’t have any embryos to transfer.’
Tears welled in my eyes. No embryos to transfer. Not one. Of the 14 eggs I had frozen four years previously, at the age of 36, and at a cost of £14,000, not a single one had produced the one thing I wanted: a baby. Devastated doesn’t begin to cover it. I knew I was a pioneer of sorts — the first woman at my clinic to attempt to get pregnant using eggs I’d frozen because I was single.
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When Rita Ora announced she was freezing her eggs at the age of 26, saying: ‘Why not put them away and then you never have to worry about it again?’, many were shocked by her brutally matter-of-fact approach to motherhood.
But she was merely taking advantage of modern reproductive techniques. Indeed, this week, fertility experts confirmed the practical wisdom of the singer’s actions.
Research shows that women who wait to freeze their eggs in their late-30s — the vast majority who undergo the procedure — have very little chance of success. These findings contradict the impression given by fertility clinics which don’t necessarily tell older women about the low chances of conceiving.
Women are more likely to freeze their eggs due to a lack of a stable partner, rather than for career planning, according to a new study.
The study, led by Professor Marcia Inhorn, an anthropologist at Yale University in Newhaven, Connecticut, is the largest qualitative study into the reasonings behind elective or ‘social’ egg freezing to date. Some 150 patients undergoing egg freezing without medical reason were interviewed from four fertility clinics in the USA and three clinics in Israel.
‘The medical literature and media coverage of oocyte cryopreservation usually suggest that elective egg freezing is being used to defer or delay childbearing among women pursuing education and careers,’ explained Professor Inhorn. ‘Our study, however, suggests that the lack of a stable partner is the primary motivation.’
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Singlet women are freezing their eggs due them being unable to find men who will commit to a relationship, rather than to focus on their careers, new research suggests.
Delaying motherhood to focus on work is the least common reason women undergo the procedure, a Yale University study found today.
Most women who freeze their eggs are single, divorced or in broken relationships and wish to keep their options open, the research adds.
Some even freeze their eggs because they would rather be single mothers, the study found.
Source The Sydney Morning Herald
From the time she was a teenager, Donna* knew she wanted to have a baby. When she ended her most recent relationship at age 39, she decided to see a fertility specialist about freezing her eggs.
At that stage, she didn’t want to use donor sperm to undergo IVF, so she wasn’t ready to freeze an embryo. Instead, she wanted to freeze her eggs so she could use them down the track with a future partner.
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MOST women who have frozen their eggs leave them on ice, untouched.
IVF experts at Queensland Fertility Group have been snap freezing eggs for the purpose of deferring childbirth for 10 years and just over one third of women have thawed their eggs within that time and only six per cent have used them to try and conceive within four years.
“Egg freezing is family insurance and peace of mind but things change, that’s just life,” QFG’s Dr David Molloy told The Courier-Mail.
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I’m 31 years old, recently married, and on the fence about ever having children. I’ve never been completely against it, but I’ve also never felt as though I’m “running out of time” or that my life is or would somehow be unfulfilled if I ended up never having kids. For some reason, a woman saying that out loud seems to offend more than when someone straight-up asks her, “When are you going to have kids already?” But I digress.
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Nearly 1,000 patients of the University Hospitals Fertility Center are being sent letters apologizing once more and acknowledging some of the reasons a storage tank failed. The hospital is now blaming human error for the loss of those frozen eggs and embryos, some of which had been stored for decades.
Source: The New York Times
The failure of systems used to store frozen eggs and embryos at two fertility clinics has rattled people who count on such clinics to help them realize their hopes of having children. But the breakdowns at clinics in Cleveland and San Francisco, each apparently involving the temperature or level of liquid nitrogen in one storage tank, have damaged at least some eggs and embryos belonging to potentially hundreds of people.
At a time when egg freezing is increasing swiftly — some Silicon Valley companies now tout it as a perk for their employees — the incidents raise questions about what to look for and ask if you are considering taking that step. Here is a basic guide:
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Lady Victoria Hervey is planning to have a child with a male friend after admitting ‘time is ticking’.
The 41-year-old former It girl, who recently had six of her eggs frozen at a clinic in the US, revealed during an appearance on ITV’s Lorraine that a close friend had offered to donate his sperm.
‘Right now I have a friend who is willing to be the father. I am really considering I am going to do that,’ she explained on the daytime TV show.
The socialite has not hidden her desire to become a mother, opening up in a Mail on Sunday column that she hoped having a baby would ‘fill what has become rather a hole in my life’.
Source: The Big Smoke
As more and more women are deciding to have children later, the method of freezing one’s eggs is the preferred method. But is it safe?
In recent times, more and more women are choosing to have children at a later age. Often this is a result of having decided to focus on career first, or from not finding the right partner. In fact, women today are having their first baby at an average age of 28.4 years, which is an all-time high, and as a result, there’s a growing demand for social egg freezing. Read more
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But now, 17 years on, pole dance and fitness instructor Amanda is 13 weeks pregnant, thanks to an egg donor.
However, after she gives birth she will have to go through “the change”, again.
Amanda, 30, from Nuneaton, Warks, says: “From the day I was told I was going through the menopause, I grew up quickly.
“I’d started my periods when I was ten but I hadn’t had any since I was 11.
Doctor: ‘The awareness of difficulties in becoming pregnant that come with age, and the possibility of freezing eggs, is filtering down, and a friend brings a friend’
“Until recently I was embarrassed to say that I had frozen my eggs. I hid it from my surroundings. Except for close girlfriends and family members, nobody knew. Today I no longer have a problem, and I have a lot of girlfriends doing it, and I’ve become a kind of ‘mentor’ who advises them.”