A few months before her 40th birthday Emma* decided to freeze her eggs.
The Melbourne professional had heard about the procedure in the media, but didn’t consider doing it herself until she reached her mid-30s with no partner in sight.
“I felt like my time was potentially running out to have a child if I wanted one, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted one,” she told Mamamia.
“I wanted to give myself the best chance of having one if I did have a partner in the future – or if wanted to have one by myself in the future.”
Emma fits the mould of the many single, healthy Australian women in their 30s, now preserving their fertility though egg-freezing.
For her it was a practical decision; for others it’s an emotional one.
Regardless, when successful, it is a straight-forward insurance policy against the ticking clock.