Women are rushing to freeze their eggs in fertility insurance as the lockdown reduces the chances of meeting Mr. Right
- In some fertility clinics, requests to freeze eggs have increased by 50 percent
- More women are considering this Long-term effects of the coronavirus pandemic
- Freezing eggs allows women to preserve their eggs so they can be used in IVF.
The number of women choosing to freeze their eggs has increased in the UK as more attention is paid to the long-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their chances of finding the right partner.
In some fertility clinics in the country, inquiries for fertility treatments rose 50 percent this summer compared to the same period last year, when more and more fertility treatment was viewed as an "insurance policy".
The results come after activists called for the arbitrary ten-year period for storing women's eggs to be extended to reach those who want more time to spend with children.
Egg freezing gives women unwilling to have children the option to preserve their eggs so that they can be used in IVF when they are ready to raise a family.
In some fertility clinics in the UK, requests for fertility treatments increased by 50 percent. (Picture from a picture agency)
The London Women's Clinic reported a 25-30 percent increase in egg freezing requests this year, while King & # 39; s Fertility in London saw a 15 percent increase.
Harley Street Fertility Clinic in London also reported a 20 percent increase in inquiries, while Create Fertility said it had seen a 24 percent increase since last year.
Kate Davidson, 33, of Cheltenham, senior executive of the Crematorium Compliance Working Group, said the coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed the way we socialize and encouraged her to view egg freezing as an "insurance policy".
Ms. Davidson will undergo the procedure at the Lister Fertility Clinic in London, which costs around £ 4,500 and is paid for by her employer.
She told the Sunday Times, “I've been thinking a lot about work and life – all of these things. I think that's what led me to take the step. & # 39;
Ms. Davidson added, “The way we socialize and date has changed so drastically that I thought about an insurance policy.
"If I only meet the man of my dreams at 39, I will at least know that I have the balls of a 33-year-old."
Earlier this year, a report by the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) found that the number of women who chose to have their eggs or embryos frozen in the UK rose 523 percent between 2013 and 2018.
Freezing eggs allows women to preserve their eggs so that they can be used in IVF when they are ready to raise a family. (Picture from a picture agency)
The numbers showed that 9,000 women had fertility treatment to store their eggs or embryos until later in 2018 – up from 1,500 in 2013.
Within that number, the number of those wishing to freeze their unfertilized eggs rose from 569 to 2,000 over the five-year period, an increase of 240 percent.
Last month, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics urged the government to extend the ten-year period for storing women's eggs.
The ethics agency raised concerns that some women have been forced to travel abroad to use substandard health care in order to circumvent the ten-year rule.
Currently, women can only keep their eggs for a decade. After that, they either have to go through IVF treatment or destroy them.
The government has been reviewing the rule since February, although it is not clear when a decision will be made.
Freezing eggs is a lengthy process that can cost up to £ 8,000, according to the HFEA.
The women are given medication to increase their egg production and allow their eggs to mature before they are collected under general anesthesia.
The eggs are then frozen by either slow cooling or vitrification – rapid freezing – before being stored in tanks of liquid nitrogen.
IN PICTURES: AN EGG FREEZING CYCLE COSTS UP TO £ 8,000
The Human Fertilization and Embryology Agency says one freeze cycle for eggs can cost £ 8,000.
- £ 3,350 to collect and freeze
- £ 1,500 for medication
- £ 350 a year for storage
- £ 2,500 to thaw the eggs
Preparing to freeze eggs can be lengthy.
- Testing for infectious diseases
- Two to three weeks of medication to increase egg production
- Eggs collected under sedation or general anesthesia
- The eggs are then frozen and stored in liquid nitrogen
Most women have around 15 eggs that are collected through this process and stored for up to a decade.
The number of people who freeze eggs is still relatively few but is increasing.
Approximately 2,000 women chose to freeze their eggs in 2018, up from 569 five years ago.
A third of all embryo transfers in women under 35 result in a baby.
The procedure is available in more than 100 private and hospital-related fertility clinics across the country.
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