Egg freezing in the UK

Policy Briefing

Published 30/09/2020

Egg freezing in the UK
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  • There is increasing interest in egg freezing in the UK.
  • The Government is considering whether storage limits for ‘social’ egg freezing should be changed from a maximum of ten years. There appear to be few arguments against increasing this limit.
  • The way ‘social’ egg freezing is presented and marketed is potentially of concern and should be the focus of closer attention.
  • ‘Successful’ egg freezing can be measured in a variety of ways that can be difficult for women to navigate. There is a pressing need for available data on likely success rates to be presented clearly, accessibly, and transparently.
  • If more UK companies start to offer egg freezing as an employment benefit, women’s experiences of using such schemes should be a focus of research.

Project team

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Kate Harvey

Senior Research Officer

Kate undertakes research to support the Council’s work and contributes to the drafting of reports and briefing papers. She also monitors developments in areas of interest to the Council. Kate is currently on secondment at the University of Edinburgh's Law School, and will return to the Council in April 2021.