ROME, June 30 (UPI) — Young women preparing for intense careers are more apt than others to consider freezing their eggs to reduce later infertility risk, British researchers found.
Dr. Srilatha Gorthi of the Leeds Centre for Reproductive Medicine in England said she surveyed 98 female medical school students and 97 students of education and sports studies.
Optimal fertility in women occurs at ages 16-30, decreased fertility occurs from 31 to 40 and end of fertility occurs at age 41. The cost of freezing eggs in England is about $3,500 per attempt and women are expected to pay for it themselves.
Gorthi said eight out of 10 of the medical school students said they would undergo egg collection and freezing, compared with four out of 10 of the education students. In addition, 85.3 percent said they were prepared to undergo up to three cycles of egg collection to bank enough eggs to give them a realistic chance of pregnancy, compared with 79 percent of the education students.
“Career considerations were given as the commonest reason to delay starting a family for the medical school students, followed by financial stability and marriage or a stable relationship,” Gorthi said in a statement. “However, for the education students, financial stability came first, followed by a stable relationship and then career reasons.”
The findings were presented at the 26th annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Rome.
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