I was fascinated to speak to Zeynep as I wanted to know more about women who are freezing their eggs, how they feel about it and how they feel about there being a ten year cut off point, which is something I didn’t know about. She explained how women come to the clinic for a Fertility MOT, some may be in their late 30’s and have a good reserve and some may younger women who come for the check up, pre-emptively but find their egg reserve is low… so the women who choose to freeze their eggs varies.
Zeynep explained how they are seeing an unprecedented number of women who are in their late 30’s who are involuntarily childless and feel reproductive medicine gives them some options. I feel this is the much overlooked side of the brilliance of fertility treatment, in how it empowers women. I mentioned a video Zeynep had shared with me about a newly single woman talking about how empowering it felt to freeze her eggs. You can view it here .
Zeynep has written numerous articles about her views on egg freezing
I was interested in her views on the news in 2017 that Rita Ora froze her eggs as the British media gave it a lot of attention. Zeynep explained that the clinic received a significant increase in enquiries from women in their 20’s about egg freezing after this story broke and how she had to explain to them that freezing eggs at 26 ( Rita’s age) would mean using them at 36 and that they might still not be ready. Here’s an article Zeynep wrote about the story
Dr Zeynep Gurtin is the Senior Research Associate at the London Womens Clinic, and Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge.