Increasing the interest of social egg freezing among the women has led to conducting a wide range of studies all over the world. The studies included women who didn’t undergo the procedure yet, women who underwent it already, graduate students and undergraduates, medical specialists, and psychological consultants. Accordingly, we could draw the lessons learned from such studies, which could help you to make your decision.
Lessons Learnt Around The World
- A study was conducted in the USA on women who had the egg-freezing procedure. 84% of the participants were 36 years and above.
The Message: 53% of them felt they were empowered. 79% of the participants wished if they had their eggs frozen at a younger age.
-A study was conducted in the USA on a staff of an egg-freezing clinic.
The Message: 56% believed that the ideal age for egg freezing is below 35, but unfortunately the majority of women who approach the procedure is above 35 years. According to them, the procedure will be very popular in the next couple of years.
- A study was conducted in Israel on women, who underwent the procedure.
The Message: 95% would recommend the procedure but the optimal age in their opinion should be around 32.
- A study was conducted in the UK on undergraduate students of medicine, sports science, and education.
The Message: 86% of the medical students would delay their motherhood and 68% of them would consider egg freezing as an option. Whereas, 50% of the non-medical students would delay their motherhood and 46% of them would consider egg freezing.
-A study was conducted in Singapore on medical students.
The Message: 26% said yes to the procedure for reasons related to professional development and finding the proper partner. 71% of those who said maybe would say yes if the costs were lower.
- A study was conducted in the USA on graduate students and young professionals.
The Message: 39% of them would consider egg freezing as an option, but this percentage was raised up to 60% once they were aware of the age-fertility decline relationship.
- A study was conducted in Australia on postgraduate degree holders and women with high paying jobs, who already experienced the procedure.
The Message: Although 80% found the procedure is difficult by being single women, 85% experienced an emotional and stress relief linked to not having the proper partner.
- A study was conducted in Germany on medical specialists.
The Message: 77% of the participants believed that social egg freezing is ethically acceptable. 90% of them believe it will give the females the autonomy and 73% think it will achieve the gender equality.
- A study was conducted in a Belgian clinic on women who underwent the procedure:
The Message: They were motivated by different reasons: 53% were driven by pressure relief of finding a partner, 33% to have an insurance against future infertility, and 27% to develop a relationship before being mothers.
These are the messages from women and healthcare professionals around the world.
What about yours?
You, and only you can decide according to your fertility status.
Source: Baldwin, K., Culley, L., Hudson, N. & Mitchell, H. (2014) Reproductive technology and the life course: current debates and research in social egg freezing. Human Fertility. 17(3): 170-179