Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Egg Freezing for Social Reasons - Acceptable?

Cancer patients always receive the "get out of jail free card" when it comes to egg freezing, but "social" egg freezing is a bit more controversial. Check out this video of my presentation on egg freezing from the patient perspective. I just received the clip and thought it might spark some feedback from all of you. What do you think?


  1. I think the sympathy that women who freeze their eggs for social reasons can garner depends on the circumstances. People may feel sorry for a woman in her early 30s who is unhappily single and childless and fears she won't be married by the time her fertility starts to decline drastically or disappears altogether. On the other hand, if a woman *who may even be married already* freezes her eggs because she wants to make partner at a large law firm or complete a demanding medical residency, she may be viewed as a selfish, too-ambitious person. In either case, I think we should be slow to judge motivations.

  2. I thought it was a very informative and direct speech. I have received several indirect and implied comments judging me for freezing my eggs last year.

    I am healthy right now but I am also 37 and not ready to have children yet. Why should someone judge me for doing something that I feel is the best option for me. Your speech confirmed my unexpressed thoughts that no one should be stigmatized for doing something that doesnt hurt any one else if they feel it is the right choice for them. Also, you are spot on when you stated that the medical society needs to work on taking this procedure out of the experimental zone.

    Your children are gorgeous and I wish you the very best.