Egg freezing in the UK

Bioethics Briefing Note

Published 30/09/2020

Egg freezing in the UK
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The lack of long-term data on EF/SEF means there is an incomplete picture of success rates, motivations for freezing, and accounts of the experiences of egg-freezers. Data on success rates are complicated and difficult to navigate. There is a pressing need for available data on likely success rates to be presented clearly, accessibly, and transparently.

There are few arguments against increasing storage limits for SEF. Those that are put forward are primarily against SEF per se rather than against an increase to the time limit. The way EF is presented and marketed is potentially of concern and should be the focus of closer attention.

If more UK companies start to offer social egg freezing as an employment benefit, women’s experiences should be a focus of research.