Women Who Freeze Their Eggs: Growing Trend Or Rare Decision For Few?
A recent article from Reuters reports on a new Taiwanese ‘trend’ whereby women are increasingly choosing to freeze their eggs at fertility clinics in the wake of postponing marriage and motherhood. The director of e-Stork Reproduction Center, Lai Hsing-hua, put two and two together when his patients began asking for egg donations after a late marriage. "We thought if they had frozen their eggs earlier, maybe they wouldn't need to use donated eggs," he told Reuters . "That's why we combined in-vitro fertilization with the idea of prevention — prevent them from using others' eggs after their fertility has deteriorated."
Five years ago, the clinic performed 20 ‘oocyte cryopreservation’ procedures (as egg freezing is officially known) and now it receives more than 100 phone calls a month to learn more about it. With advances in technology, an embryo based on egg freezing now has a higher survival rate than in the past, according to Lai, who also mentioned to Reuters that freezing eggs at his clinic costs roughly 80,000 Taiwan dollars (about $2,680).