Oncofertility pp 223-235 | Cite as

Reproductive ‘Choice’ and Egg Freezing

  • Angel Petropanagos
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 156)


As oocyte and ovarian tissue cryopreservation techniques continue to improve [2, 3], there is a growing need to address the moral permissibility of what has been called ‘social’ egg freezing.1 Often used to preserve the fertility of cancer patients, egg freezing has recently gained popularity among women wishing to guard themselves against age-related infertility. Higher education, career advancement, an increased cost of living and difficulties finding a long-term partner are just some of the reasons why a number of women are having children at an older age [4, 5].


Moral Responsibility Fertility Preservation Biological Child Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome Oocyte Cryopreservation 
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Thanks to the Joseph L. Rotman Institute of Science and Values for research assistance and a special thanks to Professor Carolyn McLeod for her helpful suggestions and ongoing support. This research was supported by the oncofertility consortium NIH 8UL1DE019587, 5RL1HD058296.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyThe University of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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