Egg freezing in the UK

Bioethics Briefing Note

Published 30/09/2020

Egg freezing in the UK
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Who freezes their eggs?

Most UK women who have SEF are single, university-educated, and in professional employment.

Why do women have social egg freezing/egg freezing?

Small scale UK studies on motivations for SEF suggest that a lack of a committed partner is a common reason for freezing eggs. Women may also want to achieve financial stability, or avoid self-blame for not having it.

In addition to having EF ahead of medical treatments such as chemotherapy (see above), EF may also precede gender reassignment, or egg donation. Women may also have ‘ethicalSEF to avoid having unused embryos after IVF.

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