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Over 1,000 women freeze eggs for future pregnancy

The China Post news staff --More than 1,000 women in Taiwan have their eggs frozen for future pregnancy for reasons ranging from no marriage plans in the near future to physical conditions.

Medical doctors said that two thirds of the more than 1,000 women chose to freeze and preserve their unfertilized eggs mainly because they have not yet met eligible and suitable male partners.

While many are still waiting for the right men as husbands, many other women also have their eggs preserved as their busy careers and heavy daily stress prevent them from dating.

Others chose to freeze their eggs because of health conditions such as cancer, tumors or other diseases that could cause infertility due to medical treatments such as chemotherapy, said medical experts.

To avoid possible infertility, defreezing the stored eggs will still enable women to get pregnant.

The average age for women to have their first child was pushed back by 6.2 years to 29.9 years old in 2011 from 23.7 in 1981.

It costs about NT$6,000 to NT$7,000 per month to preserve the eggs plus an additional expense of around NT$75,000 to defreeze the stored eggs for use in the future.

The majority of women choosing the medical service are more than 30 years of age.

Public health officials still encourage people to undergo natural pregnancy and childbirth procedures, although freezing eggs, impregnation and other relevant techniques have seen tremendous advances in Taiwan in recent years.

They suggested that young and healthy people to seize the opportunity to get pregnant and give birth between the ages of 25 and 30, instead of delaying the plans due to their careers.

Those who get married at about 30 should make arrangements to have children as early as possible before it is too late, said the officials.

Medical experts said there is still no guarantee that all artificial impregnation cases are successful, since current the success rate for defreezing preserved eggs now stands at 95 percent in Taiwan.

The chance for successful pregnancy with defrozen eggs is 50 percent, about the same level as in most advanced nations.

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