Annette Loy, 28 from Stockleigh is among the Brisbane women who flocked to fertility clinics to freeze their eggs in 2020. Waterford Friday 9th April 2021 Picture David Clark
Annette Loy, 28 from Stockleigh is among the Brisbane women who flocked to fertility clinics to freeze their eggs in 2020. Waterford Friday 9th April 2021 Picture David Clark

Reason for ‘massive’ egg freezing boom

Queensland women are freezing their eggs more than ever before in a trend experts believe has been sparked by the global pandemic.

The number of women who froze their eggs with Monash IVF Brisbane increased by 250 per cent from 2019 to 2020, while Queensland Fertility Group experienced a 32 per cent increase across its clinics between 2019 to 2021.

Queensland Fertility Group's medical director Associate Professor Anusch Yazdani said a trend in social egg freezing was especially evident in the cities with his Spring Hill clinic one of the busiest.

He said the biggest demographic he consulted were professional women in their mid 30s, particularly those who worked in the legal field or business management.

Annette Loy, 28 from Stockleigh is among the Brisbane women who flocked to fertility clinics to freeze their eggs in 2020. Picture: David Clark
Annette Loy, 28 from Stockleigh is among the Brisbane women who flocked to fertility clinics to freeze their eggs in 2020. Picture: David Clark

For many, their lives stood still during lockdown, leaving them unable to progress personal relationships and start a family.

"The pandemic focused everyone's thoughts towards family and how much it means to them, while sitting in isolation at home," A/Prof Yazdani said.

"They haven't been able to travel or move around and they've refocused their time in the health elements of their life.

"Social media has also played a big role in people feeling like their biological clock is ticking."

Annette Loy, from Stockleigh, first contacted the Spring Hill clinic after her relationship of nine years ended in 2020.

The 28-year-old has an underlying medical condition which impacted her chance of conceiving and Acting Prof Yazdani found her egg count had dropped significantly over three months.

She said her decision came down to a feeling of not being ready.

"I guess my career played into it too," Ms Loy said.

"I'm a lead educator in a pre-kindy room so I do get enough time around little ones every day.

"In saying that, it does hurt being around these kids all day and knowing I might not be able to have one of my own."

Scientists in the lab at Monash IVF.
Scientists in the lab at Monash IVF.

Monash IVF had an even greater statewide increase than Queensland Fertility Group with a 77 per cent rise in women storing their eggs in 2020 compared to the previous year.

In the same year, almost twice the number of women under 30 began using their service.

"Egg freezing is much more normalised now than it was even 5 years ago," medical director Dr Ross Turner said.

"It's heartening to see more women being proactive about their fertility and giving their future selves options."

Dr Turner's client Lisa, who asked her last name be omitted, said fertility issues among her friends played into her decision to freeze her eggs.

The 33-year-old general manager from Taringa had her first cycle last month.

"I thought it was better to preserve at 33 than regret at 40," she said.

"Finding a partner through the pandemic was going to be difficult so that might have played a role but the pandemic wasn't at the forefront of my decision."

Dr Devora Lieberman from Chill said she was also increasingly seeing younger women, in their early 30s.

The clinical director for the national egg freeze service provider said she always had a lot of women entering her clinics to chat about egg freezing throughout her 10 years practising.

"But I think during the pandemic, women began to take stock," Dr Lieberman said.

"We have seen an increase in people taking interest in egg freezing but only about two in 10 women will act on it after getting the facts."

Dr Lieberman said it was important people understood egg freezing couldn't provide any guarantees.

Originally published as Reason for 'massive' egg freezing boom

Dr Ross Turner.
Dr Ross Turner.


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