Egg freezing in the UK

Bioethics Briefing Note

Published 30/09/2020

Egg freezing in the UK
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Risks

Physical risks are the same as those for any IVF treatment, and include ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), and complications from egg retrieval. When a woman wants treatment to achieve pregnancy, factors such as her age and overall state of health may lead to increased physical risks. For children born from EF, congenital abnormality levels are comparable with children conceived with IVF, or without. However, long-term data are lacking. Psychological risks include emotional distress if EF does not work. Deciding whether to have SEF at all can bring further anxieties, although SEF may also reduce anxiety through offering the chance of future motherhood.

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