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Freezing Eggs, Embryos, Poses Legal Concerns

The Vancouver Sun,  Mar 17, 2012

Canada's fertility clinics are offering growing numbers of women the chance to freeze their biological clocks by putting eggs — and, in some cases, embryos — into cold storage until they're ready to have a baby. Research published this week found that nearly half of the fertility clinics that responded to a survey are offering "social egg freezing." This is the first study to describe the status of "oocyte cryopreservation" in Canada. The process is used by healthy women hoping to prolong their fertility, even though U.S., British and European fertility societies have stated that the process of egg freezing is still experimental. Embryos can also become a source of legal trouble if relationships fall apart.

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