Now more than ever, British women are choosing to freeze their eggs. I chose to do it because I’m 34, I wanted time, and I’m an actor which makes my life unpredictable. Also, I’m not in a serious relationship and don’t plan to be in one anytime soon. Due to the delays that Covid has created, the government has extended the maximum storage time for frozen eggs (and sperm) from 10 years to 12, so it is the perfect time for this particular discussion.
I’ve wanted to freeze my eggs for the last four years. I first saw it talked about on an American sitcom, of all places, and started to research the process here in London. This proved more difficult than I thought it would be. A lot of clinics came up, as well as several pictures of bright-eyed, rosy-cheeked babies, but clinic homepages and babies don’t really help when you’re looking for information. It also didn’t help that most of the clinics were in the scary world of private health care, on the mostly-white Harley Street, and not the safe, familiar NHS (long