Campaign for UK Parliament to extend the 10-year storage limit on egg freezing

By Professor Joyce Harper, Dr Kylie Baldwin, Dr Lucy Van de Wiel and Professor Jacky Boivin
Appeared in BioNews 946

In the UK, the storage limit for eggs frozen for social reasons is currently limited to ten years: too short for healthy young women wanting to preserve their opportunities to conceive later in life.

The age at which women are first becoming mothers in England and Wales, as well as many other Western countries, has risen significantly in recent decades. The average age of a women at the birth of her first child is now 28.6 years and over half of all live births in England and Wales are to mothers aged 30 and over.

Data released this year, from the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority) show that the live birth rate per fresh embryo transfer in women aged 43-44, who are undergoing IVF using their own eggs and partners’ sperm, is only 3 percent. This drops to 2 percent for women aged 45 years and older. Research suggests that if a couple want a family size of three children with 90 percent certainty and without use of assisted reproduction then they will need to start trying to conceive when the woman is about 23 years of age, this increases to 27 years for those who desire two children, and 32 years for those who only desire one child (Habbema et al, 2015).

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If you think that Parliament should change the HFE Act – please feel free to sign your name to this campaign by clicking here. 

Supporters of this campaign – Kylie Baldwin, Adam Balen, Peter Bowen-Simpkins, Rachel Cutting, Sarah Franklin, Zeynep Gurtin, Joyce Harper, Jessica Hepburn, Nicky Hudson, Emily Jackson, Robin Lovell Badge, Geeta Nargund, Sarah Norcross, Alan Pacey, Lesley Regan, Dan Reisel, Tracey Sainsbury, Lucy Van de Wiel​​​​​​​ and Gabby Vautier​​​​​​​.