Should you freeze your eggs?
Egg freezing for lifestyle as opposed to medical reasons is growing at pace in the UK. Does it provide women with more control over their reproductive futures? Or is it an oversold scam? And if you are considering freezing your eggs, where would you even start?
In this event we cut through some of the confusion and misinformation that surrounds egg freezing and look frankly at the pros and cons from a medical, social and personal perspective. Our panellists include:
Emily Jackson, Professor of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science. Emily is a member of the British Medical Association Medical Ethics Committee, and until 2012 was Deputy Chair of The HFEA, the UK's independent regulator dedicated to licensing and monitoring fertility clinics and research.
Yacoub Khalaf, Medical Director of the Assisted Conception Unit at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital and Director of the Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) Programme. Mr Khalaf is also Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at King's College London.
Helen Johnson, founder of personal development company The Goddess Acumen, who had her eggs frozen last year. Helen has a background in law, a PHD in Criminology, and a specific research interest in service provision that promotes transformation in people’s lives.
Dr Françoise Shenfield, Infertility specialist at University College London Hospital. Dr Shenfield has been providing infertility treatments for over 30 years, and been involved in the field of Ethics and law of Assisted Reproductive Technologies for over 20 years. Her current research interests include cross border reproductive care, surrogacy and cryopreservation of oocytes for medical and non medical reasons.
Sarah Norcross, Director of the Progress Educational Trust, Commissioning Editor of its flagship publication BioNews and Co-Chair of the campaigning organisation Fertility Fairness. The Progress Educational Trust is a charity whose fundamental objective is to create an environment in which ethically sound research and practice in genetics, assisted conception, embryo/stem cell research and related areas will thrive.