Scientists offer young women to freeze their eggs, thereby postponing motherhood until better times, and make a successful career. Doctors suggest that, thanks to new methods of freezing and storing eggs, by 2015 many women will opt for a pregnancy delayed by 10–15 years
Currently, only a few dozen of women in the UK have their egg cells frozen. In most cases, this procedure is medically performed, for example, in women who need chemotherapy or radiotherapy, and only in isolated cases - at the request of the woman.
For the time being, fertilized eggs are more often frozen due to the lower percentage of water content in the cell. Using current methods there is a danger that the egg will be damaged during the freezing process.
Dr Simon Fishel, director of the Center for Reproduction in Nottingham, predicts a social revolution, because women will have the opportunity to make a career without fear of losing the joy of motherhood in adulthood.
Last year, scientists at the University of Michigan reported good results with mice vitrifying an egg, a method in which water is extracted and replaced by a substance that acts as an antifreeze.
Japanese scientists reported a successful pregnancy and childbirth of a healthy child in a woman whose egg was fertilized and placed in the uterus after vitrification.
Sixteen clinics in the UK offer freezing and storage of eggs. One of them is in Aldridge where freezing has been held since 2000. This is still the only clinic in the country that has achieved the birth of children from eggs after the vitrification process.