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dc.contributor.authorBaldwin, K.en
dc.contributor.authorCulley, Lorraineen
dc.contributor.authorHudson, Nickyen
dc.contributor.authorMitchell, H.en
dc.date.accessioned2015-10-06T10:06:18Z
dc.date.available2015-10-06T10:06:18Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.citationBaldwin, K. Culley, L. Hudson, N. Mitchell, H. (2014) Reproductive technology and the life course: current debates and research in social egg freezing, Human Fertility, 17 (3), pp. 170-179en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/11264
dc.description.abstractWhile there are currently few confirmed births from previously frozen eggs in the UK, the improved outcomes of new technologies of vitrification and intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) have led to the marketing of egg freezing for non-medical reasons, whereby women are offered the possibility of preserving their eggs until such time as they wish to have a child. Non-academic commentary on this phenomenon has commonly constructed it within a neo-liberal discourse of 'choice', whereby women are positioned as choosing to 'delay motherhood,' often for reasons relating to their careers. However, there have been relatively few research studies which explore either women's awareness and understandings of social egg freezing or the reasons why women consider or undertake egg freezing. This paper summarises the current academic discussion surrounding social egg freezing and outlines the limited body of empirical literature identified from a systematic search of relevant databases. The potential benefits and harms of social egg freezing and the ethical issues it raises are well rehearsed in existing literature, but there is limited empirical evidence about who is accessing social egg freezing, why they are taking this option and what their experiences and future intentions are.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor and Francisen
dc.subjectFertility preservationen
dc.subjectegg freezingen
dc.subjectfertilityen
dc.subjectgamete storage/cryopreservationen
dc.subjectsocial egg freezingen
dc.titleReproductive technology and the life course: current debates and research in social egg freezingen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.3109/14647273.2014.939723
dc.researchgroupReproduction Research Groupen
dc.peerreviewedYesen
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dc.projectidn/aen
dc.researchinstituteCentre for Reproduction Research (CRR)en


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