First single woman to have egg cells frozen
The CRG (Centre for Reproductive Medicine of UZ Brussel) has recently frozen the egg cells of a woman who currently does not (yet) have a partner but who wants to have children. This technique will allow her to still have a child later in life when she does have a partner.
It is the first time this has been done in Belgium. The CRG has already frozen egg cells of young cancer patients in the past, but the freezing technique has not been used for single women before. AGE IS IMPORTANT
Frozen egg cells can be stored for years. When the woman has the thawed cells implanted, her age is not particularly important. What counts is her age when the egg cells are frozen. Gynaecologist Dr Stoop from the CRG said, "It is best to collect them when the woman is between 31 and 35 years of age. The quality of the egg cells is still very good then."
However, the egg cells have to be implanted before the woman's 48th birthday, as this is the legal age limit for IVF in Belgium. CAREER
According to Dr Stoop, the women in question are single and have busy jobs. "Profile studies in the US, where the technique has been used for longer, show that these are often highly educated women who are very much focusing on their careers and have (therefore) not yet found the right man."
In The Netherlands, the Lower Chamber rejected the technique.