Freezing your eggs in 40s 'not sensible': UK fertility regulator

September 13 2018

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The odds of a future pregnancy for women who freeze their eggs post 40  are very slim, and is not sensible and may also prove to be risky, the  UK fertility regulator has said.

According to the Human  Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), age is the key factor for  egg freezing success and doctors need to inform the risks involved to  women in their 40s.

"If eggs are frozen below the age of 35, the  chances of success will be higher than the natural conception rate as  the woman gets older," it said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Where  women over the age of 40 are freezing their own eggs, the likelihood of  a future pregnancy is very slim and we would caution against this being  a sensible option for this group of women."

The most common age  of women freezing their own eggs for treatment is 38, with some women  freezing their own eggs into their 40s, the health body said.

Women  should be cautiously optimistic about egg freezing techniques, and that  we must ensure women are fully informed about what to expect, HFEA  Chair Sally Cheshire said.

"It is also important that women  undergoing any type of fertility treatment are fully aware of the risks  and cost involved, and the real possibility of it being successful.

"Clinics  have an ethical responsibility to be clear that egg freezing below the  age of 35 offers women their best chance of creating their much longed  for family," Cheshire added.

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