Almost half of young women would consider freezing their eggs 

Almost half of young women would consider freezing their eggs 

The new poll found around one in five women said they would consider fertility treatment abroad and 28 per cent would consider “fertility coaching”, such as somebody to help with the insecurities evoked by infertility and IVF.

The poll also found that 86 per cent of women had seen contradictory advice from different sources, while 62 per cent report feeling overwhelmed by the volume of advice on offer.

Three quarters of those polled thought Facebook groups were unreliable, while around half suggested friends and family and online forums had given poor advice.

RCOG president Professor Lesley Regan said: “Trying for a baby can be an incredibly stressful time for some. This new data echoes what we have been hearing from women and patients for many years.

“It is vital that women and couples have access to accurate, evidence-based, impartial and expert advice.”

The poll of 1,002 women was carried out to promote the Fertility Forum, an event on March 30 to help anyone who wants to find out more about fertility.

The event is being organised by the RCOG, the UK’s fertility regulator the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and British Fertility Society (BFS).

Sally Cheshire, chairwoman of the the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, said: “As the fertility regulator, we collect data about every treatment cycle across the UK to provide patients with clear, unbiased information and to prepare them for what they will face at their clinic.

“I know from personal experience as a former patient how difficult it is to find impartial, evidence-based information so that you can make informed choices about the right fertility treatment for you.”

 

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