Holy Hormones Honey! Have we really come to this? Teen girls encouraged to freeze their eggs… so they can wait for ‘Mr Perfect’ to enter their lives? Is this another industry preying on women’s pelvic goldmines? Or is our new reality? Both. Women’s bodies make millions of dollars for the pharmaceutical, medical and cosmetic industries. But on the other had, the nutritional content in our goods has made most of us quite depleted… not to mention all of the xenoestrogens in our environment which tip the fertility cart. Yes, sadly and horrifically, it may be all coming down to this. Happy Graduation!
Egg freezing should be every father’s graduation present to his daughter, claims leading fertility expert
By ANNA HODGEKISS
PUBLISHED: 07:08 EST, 26 November 2012
- Dr Gillian Lockwood said young women are still not getting the message about infertility
- Women should be freezing their eggs in their early 20s and not waiting until late 30s when they are poor quality
- But she cautions such a move could lead to girls missing out on the right man, as they wait for ‘Mr Perfect’ who does not exist
Egg freezing should be every father’s graduation present to his daughter, a leading fertility expert has suggested.
Dr Gillian Lockwood, of the Midland Fertility Centre, where half of Britain’s babies conceived from frozen eggs originated, said young women are still not getting the message about infertility.
She told The Times: ‘One part of me wants to say that [egg freezing] should be every dad’s graduation present for his daughter. It would be a very safe, low dose, and you could have 20 beautiful eggs in the freezer.
‘But – and it’s a very big but – I’m concerned about how that would alter a woman’s life choices, that they might think: “Well, instead of having a family with Mr Not Quite Perfect, I can afford to wait for Mr Absolutely perfect”.
In Britain, women are delaying childbirth later than ever: the average woman here has her first child at 31, compared to 24 in 1962.
About 6,500 eggs have been stored in Britain in the decade since egg freezing was licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).
Yet the chances of conceiving a baby from a frozen egg are low, and preparing for it is a painful, costly process involving potent fertility drugs, chemicals and surgery.
Hollywood star Jennifer Aniston is rumoured to have frozen her eggs, and in a recent episode of the U.S. reality television show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim injected herself with hormones in preparation for doing the same.
But despite egg freezing being something often talked about as a viable option, just 12 babies have been born from frozen eggs in this country.
However this may slowly change after a recent report by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) stated that egg freezing is no longer experimental technology. The organisation has recommended that women freeze their eggs in their 20s and 30s to help them conceive later in life.
And it is timing that is key, says Dr Lockwood. ‘By the time many women decide they want to freeze their eggs, they are often in their late 30s, when their eggs have declined in quality significantly.
I get many calls from women around the age of 38 who want their eggs frozen,’ she told the Mail last month.
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