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‘A lottery ticket, not a guarantee’: Fertility experts on the rise of egg freezing

11 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Egg freezing in the UK has increased dramatically in the past ten years, thanks to improved technology and success rates, but scientists tell the Guardian why women should still see it as a lottery.

Jennifer Aniston revealed this week that she was trying to get pregnant through IVF at a time when tabloids were obsessively speculating about whether she would have children. The actor told Allure magazine she felt relief now that “the ship has sailed”, but that “I would’ve given anything if someone had said to me: ‘Freeze your eggs. Do yourself a favour.’”

Aniston has been widely praised for speaking out about a side to IVF that is not often talked about, but experts cautioned against the idea that freezing eggs is an “insurance policy”.

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