The EEDD Study: Elective Egg Freezers' Disposition Decisions towards their Surplus Frozen Eggs
People choose to electively freeze their eggs when they want to safeguard their long-term fertility potential to have a child with their own oocytes and do not have a medical diagnosis of infertility or contraindication to pregnancy. Reasons to electively freeze eggs include not having met a suitable partner to have a child with, or having a medical condition that could possibly affect fertility potential such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
Many people have surplus frozen eggs at the end of the process because they did not return to use their eggs or only used some of their eggs. When this occurs, people have to decide what to do with their surplus eggs; this is called a disposition decision. We are conducting a study to identify the factors that influence elective egg freezers’ disposition decisions and their current preference intentions of what to do with any surplus frozen eggs. The results of this study will help us to better support elective egg freezers to be more informed and prepared when faced with making a disposition decision and to reduce potential distress, uncertainty, and decision regret.
Ms Lucy Caughey (Principal Investigator, University of Melbourne), Prof. Katharine White (Queensland University of Technology), Dr. Sarah Lensen (University of Melbourne), Dr. Alex Polyakov (University of Melbourne and Melbourne IVF), Ms. Franca Agresta (Melbourne IVF), Rita Alesi (Monash IVF), Dr. Iolanda Rodino (Royal Women’s Hospital), Margot Hoyt, Emma Menkinoska (Consumers), A/Prof. Michelle Peate, (Project Supervisor, University of Melbourne)