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More women in the UK are choosing to freeze their eggs than ever before, with treatment rates rising by 11% from 2016 to 2017, a report suggests.
The fertility regulator’s figures show there were 1,463 egg freezing cycles in 2017 compared with 1,321 in 2016.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) says the success rates of using frozen embryos has risen, with birth rates comparable to fresh ones.
But it cautions that egg freezing does not provide a guaranteed family.
‘Fertility on ice’
Egg freezing involves collecting a woman’s eggs from her ovaries, storing them in a state of deep freeze and thawing them at a later stage.
At this point they are put together with sperm in