Parents at 90? Britain to Extend Storage Limit for Sperm, Eggs & Embryos to 55 Years
“There are any number of reasons why someone may choose to preserve their fertility, and it is one of the most personal decisions any of us can make. Technological breakthroughs – including egg freezing – have changed the equation in recent years and its only right that this progress puts more power into the hands of potential parents,” Javid explained in a statement.
“Evidence shows frozen eggs can be stored indefinitely without deterioration, because of a new freezing technique called vitrification, and changes reflect the increasing success of using frozen embryos in routine IVF treatment,” the Department of Health said.
“Duration of the storage doesn’t seem to affect the success rates. Chances of success depend mainly on the donor’s age at the time of freezing the eggs/embryos, as opposed to the age of the woman at the time of the transfer. Nowadays, vitrification of eggs has also almost reached the success rates of freezing embryos,” Dr Karpouzis said.
@BPASFertility welcomes this decision to extend storage limits for eggs, sperm and embryos to a maximum of 55 years. This extension provides greater reproductive choice by bringing the law in line with advances in science and technology. pic.twitter.com/kMC81GuMVs— BPAS Fertility (@BPASfertility) September 6, 2021
This is really quite interesting as I’ve got 5 years left on my egg storage as 10 years has always been the max. I was fine about that as I’d be fifty by then & I felt that was pretty fair.— Melanie Blake (@MelanieBlakeUK) September 6, 2021
Can’t imagine i’d fancy becoming a first time mum at 80 …. https://t.co/CB0HEjGYai
Really pleased to hear the announcement from @sajidjavid that the storage limit for frozen eggs, embryos and sperm is to rise to 55 years.— Alex Davies-Jones MP (@AlexDaviesJones) September 6, 2021
This is something that I have campaigned on since I became an MP, and have cared about for much longer. https://t.co/lMD8NMlFCN