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in brief: more aussie women freezing their eggs for “social reasons”

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More and more young Australian women are choosing to freeze their eggs for future use.

While the chance of having a baby from a frozen egg was extremely low a couple of years ago (less than one per cent in 2011), new technology has ensured that women are just as likely to get pregnant from a frozen egg as a “fresh” one.

Some women battling cancers and other diseases freeze their eggs for the future. However due to better technology, the process has become much more mainstream. Nowadays, an increasing number of women are choosing to freeze their eggs for social reasons – not just medical ones.

It’s common knowledge that a woman’s chances of getting pregnant fall the older she gets. But vitrification (the process of snap-freezing eggs) means a growing number of women can delay motherhood in order to focus on other aspects of their lives, such as their careers.

But vitrification is still expensive – costing around $1000 per year (the eggs can be kept for about ten years). And even then the process doesn’t guarantee getting pregnant.

What do you think? Would you consider freezing your eggs in order to focus on your career?

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