Storage limit could be increased from 10 to 55 years
FNUK welcomes news that the storage limit for frozen embryos, eggs and sperm is to be increased to 55 years
Fertility Network UK welcomes the news that the storage limit for frozen embryos, eggs and sperm is to be increased to 55 years with patients given the option to keep or dispose of the frozen embryos or gametes every 10 years.
These proposed changes will give people greater reproductive choice and may, in the future, reduce the number of people who face the devastation that infertility wreaks.
However, it is important to say that freezing gametes is not a fertility insurance policy – there is no guarantee that eggs or sperm frozen now will result in a healthy baby years in the future. Fertility clinics must always be clear with prospective clients about this.