Thursday, July 1, 2010

UK: Eggs On Ice

From Fox News:
Young British women are considering freezing their eggs to preserve their fertility until they are well established in their careers, a new study suggested Monday.

A survey of 100 female medical students, with an average age of 21, revealed more than 85 percent would be prepared to delay starting a family for career reasons, and that 69 percent would be happy to store eggs on ice as insurance against later infertility.

The findings, from researchers at the University of Leeds, in northern England, suggested that there is growing demand for egg freezing among young women, particularly those who have decided on a career such as medicine that will involve many years of training.

Srilatha Gorthi, who presented the study to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology conference in Rome said: “These results are not surprising, as professional women have long struggled under the double yoke of social pressure to become educated and financially self-sufficient, and the competing biological imperative to reproduce while still young.

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