Recent data shows a rising trend of women freezing their eggs for future fertility preservation. The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) reported a substantial increase in this procedure, with over 4,000 cases in 2021 compared to 2,500 in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic is thought to have influenced this increase as women became more aware of their reproductive options during lockdown. Limited social activities during that time may have prompted women to contemplate their fertility and explore different choices. The report also shows a decline in women’s willingness to donate their eggs for others to use. In 2019, there were around 1,500 new egg donors, which slightly decreased to slightly over 1,400 in 2021. Helen Henry, who donated her eggs at 34 years old, is an example. Despite feeling guilty initially, she found comfort in knowing that her donation resulted in the birth of a child. Helen looks forward to connecting with her genetic sibling in the future.

Vicky Pattison, a TV presenter, recently froze her eggs because she wasn’t ready for motherhood. She fertilized three eggs with her partner’s sperm (20% success rate) and retained three unfertilized eggs (10% chance). Vicky stresses the importance of clear information for informed decisions. The HFEA highlights age’s impact on egg freezing success, especially for women under 35. Consultant obstetrician Bassel Wattar emphasizes raising awareness about the procedure’s benefits and considerations and providing comprehensive support on the fertility journey.