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Rita Ora's egg freezing in early 20s 'a positive move,' doctors say

From BBC - November 23, 2017

Rita Ora has revealed on an Australian television show that she had her eggs frozen in her early 20s.

The British singer, now 26, said her doctor recommended the procedure as she had "always wanted a big family".

"He said 'you are healthy now and it would be great, why not put them away and then you never have to worry about it again?'," she said.

Dr Helen O'Neill, of University College London, said: "The earlier you freeze your eggs the better."

But it's not an "absolute guarantee" for pregnancy and many young people ca not afford the cost of 5,000 per cycle.

Dr O'Neill said: "The benefits (of egg freezing) are that you are taking your fertility into your own hands. If you are checked and you have a low fertility, it's best to act early."

She said there is a huge decline in the quality of eggs after a woman reaches the age of 30 - and that it continues to decline.

"Unfortunately the prime age people start to freeze their eggs is 35, which is a little bit too late," she explained.

Comparable success

In the UK, the number of women storing their eggs has increased substantially.

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