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Women who opt to freeze their eggs need to be made aware of how realistic their chances of pregnancy are, experts have warned, as more turn to the procedure.

Egg freezing in the UK is funded by the NHS for girls and women for medical reasons, such as undergoing cancer treatments. However, women can elect to freeze their eggs privately for non-medical reasons. Currently the standard for elected freezing is that eggs can be stored for a maximum of 10 years.

“While women should be supported in their choices, they must be informed about the relatively low success rates, high costs and side effects associated with egg freezing and IVF treatment,” said Adam Balen, professor of reproductive medicine and spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

…continue reading ‘Women need more realistic data on egg-freezing success, say experts’

Image By ZEISS Microscopy from Germany – Oocyte with Zona pellucida, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=52989529

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