Egg freezing in the UK

Policy Briefing

Published 30/09/2020

Egg freezing in the UK
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  • There is increasing interest in egg freezing in the UK.
  • The Government is considering whether storage limits for ‘social’ egg freezing should be changed from a maximum of ten years. There appear to be few arguments against increasing this limit.
  • The way ‘social’ egg freezing is presented and marketed is potentially of concern and should be the focus of closer attention.
  • ‘Successful’ egg freezing can be measured in a variety of ways that can be difficult for women to navigate. There is a pressing need for available data on likely success rates to be presented clearly, accessibly, and transparently.
  • If more UK companies start to offer egg freezing as an employment benefit, women’s experiences of using such schemes should be a focus of research.

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