As a rising number of young women seek to preserve their fertility, Sirin Kale investigates the risks and rewards of “social” egg freezing – and what it could mean for the future of motherhood.
Thirty-one-year-old Alice, a public health consultant from London, has an unusual birthday present lined up for herself this year:
a course of hormone-stimulating injections, followed by an invasive gynaecological procedure, at the cost of approximately £5,000.
Meanwhile, roughly 3,500 miles away in Toronto, 25-year-old Zulany will also be marking her birthday this month with a visit to a fertility clinic, where she, too, will freeze her eggs. Her mother has promised her a party to celebrate.
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