Egg Freezing Decisions Under the Microscope


In the coming weeks, more than 250 women considering egg freezing will be recruited to take part in the Egg Freezing study. Scientists will follow their decision-making process for up to a year to see how new approaches to educating women can help them to make more informed decisions.

With almost 3000 Australian women freezing their eggs in 2018, the researchers aim to improve their understanding of what information and support women need well before they make this critical decision.

Dr Michelle Peate from the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology is leading the research, and hopes the findings will make the process of egg freezing more transparent for the women considering it.

“Freezing your eggs voluntarily is a big decision involving hormonal stimulation, invasive procedures and the uncertainty of outcomes – not to mention the emotional roller-coaster and significant financial cost,” says Dr Peate.

“At the moment, we know that women don’t have access to reliable, unbiased information on which to base their decision. We also know that most who freeze their eggs wished they had acted earlier, and those who did not receive adequate information were more likely to regret it.

“Our research will test different educational tools designed to present all the information on egg freezing needed to make better-quality and faster decisions. We hope that following hundreds of decision-making journeys over the next year will give us insight into how we can help to improve the experience for women, before taking the leap.”

We are currently recruiting participants for this study. If you are considering elective egg freezing and would like to take part in the research you can find out more information here: Egg Freezing

The study has been funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of The University of Melbourne.

If you have any questions, please contact the research team on 1800 925 330 or email

To find out more about the project and the team in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology follow this link to the research project page.