Eggsurance? Making decisions about elective egg freezing

Research Opportunity
Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
1
Number of Master Places Available
1
Department
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Location
Royal Women’s Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Michelle Peate mpeate@unimelb.edu.au +61383453792 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof Martha Hickey Martha Hickey hickeym@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page

Summary “Of course it was part of my plan to be a mother, but… things don’t always go to plan”

Project Details

Here 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. The aim of this study is to investigate the decisional conflict, knowledge of egg freezing, andbrinformation needs amongst women considering egg freezing for non-medical reasons. 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. Advances in technology mean that women now have access to egg freezing to try and overcome the effects of age-related infertility. This procedure is being widely promoted by commercial providers, but is also costly and caries potential physical and emotional risks. Currently, women are relying on information from commercial providers and internet sources such unmoderated forums and blogs. There is a need for objective and evidence-based information to support decision-making. An interactive, online decision aid for women considering egg freezing for non-medical reasons has been developed. This will be the first study to develop and evaluate a decision aid in the context of non-medical egg freezing. It is anticipated that the decision aid will lead to better understanding of fertility-related issues and educated involvement in decision-making.



Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine, Women's Health



Research Opportunities

Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
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

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Department

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Research Node

Royal Women’s Hospital

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