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Women urged NOT to freeze eggs
Freezing eggs 'huge gamble' say doctors as they urge women to consider all options
Women who freeze their eggs for lifestyle reasons are being warned by doctors of the ‘huge gamble’ they take with their futures.
In a joint statement from The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the British Fertility Society, women are being warned about thelow success ratesand urged, if they want children, to try for them before they turn 35.
‘The group I worry about arewomen who are healthyand want to have kids, but do it later,’ writes Professor Bill Ledger, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Sheffield University and a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.
‘The image that’s portrayed [of freezing eggs] is that a woman in her late 20s or early 30s can establish a relationship 10 or 15 years later and then take the eggs out of the freezer,fertilisethem with the partner’s sperm and have the baby. That’s the dream.
‘The central issue is thatit doesn’t work very well. The chance of a baby from a frozen egg with vitrification is less than 6% per egg. By doing the egg freezing for social reasons, they are taking a huge gamble for their future.’
While egg-freezing is still not a common procedure for women in the UK, it is nonethelesson the rise, with 78 women choosing it for non-medical reasons in 2007, up more than 100% from 2006.
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