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dc.contributor.authorBaldwin, K.en
dc.contributor.authorCulley, Lorraineen
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-07T10:20:06Z
dc.date.available2018-09-07T10:20:06Z
dc.date.issued2018-11-01
dc.identifier.citationBaldwin, K. and Culley, L. (2018) Women’s experience of social egg freezing: perceptions of success, risks, and ‘going it alone’. Human Fertility,en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/16555
dc.descriptionThe file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link.en
dc.description.abstractAbstract Objective: To explore how female users of social egg freezing technology reported their experience of freezing eggs for ‘social’ reasons. Background: Very few studies have explored women’s experiences of social egg freezing. The limited primary research on this topic has suggested that users find the process of freezing eggs emotionally challenging. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were carried out with 31 women who identified as undergoing egg freezing for social reasons. Interviews lasted between 40 minutes and two hours, were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. Data were analysed using thematic analysis assisted by Nvivo 10. Results: Women employed multiple concepts of egg freezing 'success'. They reported a lack of detailed discussion of post-freezing processes and outcomes in their encounters with clinicians, and, contrary to the recommendations of professional associations, were not given clinic or age specific information. Few perceived freezing as involving physical risks. However, many participants reported the process of egg freezing as emotionally challenging, primarily linked to feelings of isolation and stigma due to their single status Conclusion Participants were generally satisfied with the treatment they received from clinics. However, they expressed a desire for more detailed information about potential outcomes from egg freezing and suggested ways in which clinics might address the emotional challenges of undertaking this process as an unpartnered person.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherHuman Fertilityen
dc.subjectegg freezingen
dc.subjectfertilityen
dc.subjectsuccess ratesen
dc.subjectage-related infertilityen
dc.subjectexperiencesen
dc.titleWomen’s experience of social egg freezing: perceptions of success, risks, and ‘going it alone’en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doihttps://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14647273.2018.1522456
dc.researchgroupCentre for Reproduction Researchen
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.funderN/Aen
dc.projectidN/Aen
dc.cclicenceCC-BY-NCen
dc.date.acceptance2018-08-15en
dc.researchinstituteCentre for Reproduction Research (CRR)en


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