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Education is a greater help to women than egg freezing, say experts

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 17 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3417
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

Too many women are “sleep walking” into infertility because they are poorly informed about their declining ability to conceive as they age, said experts at a debate on egg freezing held at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

The panel of international experts agreed that better education was needed in schools to inform teenagers that fertility starts to decline from about the age of 30. Most current information aimed at this age group focuses on contraception and sexual health.

Education was proposed as a more helpful intervention than aggressive marketing of egg freezing services by fertility clinics, presenting …

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