Eggsurance? Making decisions about elective egg freezing

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Number of Honour Places Available
1
Department
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Martha Hickey hickeym@unimelb.edu.au
Michelle Peate mpeate@unimelb.edu.au 03 8345 3792 Personal web page

Project Details

Declining fertility is an urgent social and economic problem in Australia and most other developed countries. The most common and potentially avoidable factor contributing to declining fertility is advanced female age. There is a growing trend in developed countries for women to delay starting a family until their early 30’s or later. This delay can mean that some women miss the opportunity to have children due to age-related infertility. Egg freezing can offer women the option of delaying pregnancy and lower the risk of age-related infertility. However, making choices around egg freezing and family planning is complicated, as health, financial and psychological implications for a procedure with no guarantee of success. Although increasing numbers of women are freezing their eggs, very little is known about their understanding of egg freezing and its potential impact. Nor is it known what information women need in order to make an informed decision. This can be especially difficult when most information about egg freezing comes from the people who provide the service and are likely to profit from this expensive procedure. The aim of this program of work is it better understand what women know about egg freezing, how they make their decisions and how we can best support them to make the right decision.


School Research Themes

Women's Health



Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.

Department

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

The Psychosocial Health and Wellbeing Research (emPoWeR) Unit


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