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dc.contributor.authorBaldwin, K.en
dc.contributor.authorHudson, Nickyen
dc.contributor.authorCulley, Lorraineen
dc.contributor.authorMitchell, H.en
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-05T07:24:45Z
dc.date.available2018-04-05T07:24:45Z
dc.date.issued2018-04-12
dc.identifier.citationBaldwin, K., Culley, L., Hudson and N. Mitchell, H. (2018) Running out of time: Exploring women's motivations for social egg freezing. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 40 (2), pp. 166-173en
dc.identifier.issn0167-482X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/15731
dc.descriptionThe file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link.
dc.description.abstractObjective: Few qualitative studies have explored women’s use of social egg freezing. Derived from an interview study of 31 participants, this paper explores the motivations of women using this technology. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 31 users of social egg freezing resident in the UK (n= 23), USA (n=7) and Norway (n=1). Interviews were face to face (n=16), through Skype and Facetime (n=9) or by telephone (n=6). Data were analysed using interpretive thematic analysis. Results: Women’s use of egg freezing was shaped by fears of running out of time to form a conventional family, difficulties in finding a partner and concerns about ‘panic partnering’, together with a desire to avoid future regrets and blame. For some women, use of egg freezing was influenced by recent fertility or health diagnoses as well as critical life events. A fifth of the participants also disclosed an underlying fertility or health issue as affecting their decision. Conclusion: The study provides new insights in to the complex motivations women have for banking eggs. It identifies how women’s use of egg freezing was an attempt to ‘preserve fertility’ in the absence of the particular set of ‘life conditions’ they regarded as crucial for pursuing parenthood. It also demonstrates that few women were motivated by a desire to enhance their career and that the boundaries between egg freezing for medical and for social reasons may be more porous than first anticipated.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.subjectsocial egg freezingen
dc.subjectreproductive timingen
dc.subjectmotivationsen
dc.subjectfertilityen
dc.subjectmotherhooden
dc.titleRunning out of time: Exploring women’s motivations for social egg freezingen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1080/0167482x.2018.1460352
dc.researchgroupCentre for Reproduction Researchen
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.explorer.multimediaNoen
dc.funderN/Aen
dc.projectidN/Aen
dc.cclicenceCC-BY-NCen
dc.date.acceptance2018-03-28en
dc.researchinstituteCentre for Reproduction Research (CRR)en


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