Join a panel of experts as they discuss the arrival of “social” egg freezing into the mainstream and consider whether it is actually anti-feminist. Drawing on their own research, work and – for one of the panelists – personal egg freezing experience, this discussion will introduce the unintended consequences of the “global infertility crisis” and shifting demographics (increasing numbers of women childfree by choice and delaying motherhood), consider the reasons why egg freezing is the world’s “fastest growing” fertility treatment, touch on workplace fertility benefits and potential problems with the commoditisation of fertility and ask whether policy change is the real route to empowering reproductive freedom. There will be an audience Q&A at the end of the session to open up the discussion.
Dr Ephia Yasmin is the clinical lead of the Reproductive Medicine Unit at University College Hospital and a senior clinical lecturer at UCL. She is the associate editor of The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and chair of the British Fertility Society policy and practice committee. She has published in peer reviewed journals and contributed to books on reproductive medicine.
Catherine Hendy is the author of Everything Egg Freezing: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Doing it Right and the co-founder of ELANZA Wellness, a reproductive health company based in London and San Francisco that builds tools and offers support to help women achieve better outcomes and experiences of fertility treatments. She has personal experience of egg freezing having undergone the procedure in 2018.
Dr Zeynep Gurtin is a Lecturer in Women’s Reproductive Health at UCL. She is a sociologist interested in changing fertility patterns and in how modern women negotiate the novel reproductive choices and responsibilities they face. Zeynep is a regular public speaker about (in)fertility, reproductive technologies and changing gender roles and writes about these issues for The Guardian. Her work has been widely covered in the media, including by the BBC, The Independent, Stylist, Grazia, and the Daily Mail.
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