By FR. JOHN FLYNN, LC
(Editor’s Note: Fr. John Flynn, LC, wrote this commentary for ZENIT News Agency. Fr. Flynn, a regular ZENIT contributor, holds degrees from the University of New South Wales and from the Pontifical Gregorian University. All rights reserved.)
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Using artificial reproduction techniques is often seen as the solution for couples who have problems conceiving, or for women who prefer to postpone pregnancy. Yet, apart from any moral judgments, there are considerable drawbacks with various aspects of IVF.
When a woman wishes to postpone childbirth, freezing some of her eggs is often proposed as a way to ensure successful pregnancy in future years. This solution, however, is far from being uncomplicated.
“Women in their late 30s and in their 40s are being given false hope that freezing their eggs gives them a good chance of having children, according to leading fertility experts,” England’s Observer newspaper reported October 25.
Women do not know enough about the success rates regarding egg freezing, said Melanie Davies, a fertility expert at University College London hospital.
Adam Balen, chair of the British Fertility Society, told the Observer that women who are in their late 30s and in their 40s are being given “false hope” that freezing their eggs gives them a good chance of having children.
According to the article, the number of women freezing their eggs is rising sharply, from 2,476 in 2008, to 7,047 in 2013. … Continue Reading