Professor Emily Jackson on the storage limit for frozen eggs

14 September 2021


The UK government plans to change to law to allow women who have frozen their eggs to keep them in storage for longer than 10 years (to see the government announcement, click here). Currently, a person can keep their eggs, embryos or sperm for longer than 10 years (up to a maximum of 55 years) only if they are, or are likely to become prematurely infertile. The government plans to allow anyone with eggs, embryos or sperm in storage to benefit from the option of extension. This means that a woman who freezes her eggs at the age of 25 will be able to keep her eggs beyond the age of 35.

In August 2019, Professor Emily Jackson prepared a policy briefing on reforming the statutory storage period for frozen eggs:

Read the policy briefing here.

Read Professor Jackson's previous publications on time limits for egg freezing and time limits here:

‘The Ambiguities of “Social” Egg Freezing and the Challenges of Informed Consent' (2018) 14 Biosocieties 21-40.  

‘"Social" egg freezing and the UK’s statutory storage time limits’ (2016) 42 Journal of Medical Ethics 738-741.