More career women freeze eggs
Updated: 2006-10-29 09:09 WASHINGTON - Some women are choosing to freeze
their eggs to take the pressure off finding the right partner, according to the
first study of women's motivations to use the service.
Many of those surveyed said they would consider using their eggs to become
single mothers in their 40s, local media reported on Saturday. Usually, most
women have eggs frozen to preserve their fertility while they undergo treatment
for cancer. But now more and more career women choose to use the service for
Doctors at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York interviewed 20 women
with an average age of 38.6 who had chosen to have their eggs frozen. Half said
they felt pressured by their biological clocks; 65 percent said they only
recently became aware of egg freezing technology.
All the women had bachelor's degrees and three quarters had masters or
Alan Copperman, who led the study, said many saw the technology as a means of
delaying having children until they were in a fulfilling relationship.
"Cryo-preservation meant the freedom to wait, and to not settle for a mate
because they were in a rush to conceive," he said.
The interviews revealed that 40 percent were "definitely willing" to have
their eggs fertilized with donor sperm and become single parents, with 40
percent undecided about conceiving without a partner. The other 20 percent ruled
out being a single mother.
Researchers reported the findings to the American Society for Reproductive
Medicine conference in New Orleans.