The UK's Anomalous 10-Year Limit on Oocyte Storage: Time To Change The Law
For a significant time, there has been a growing movement amongst medical practitioners and reproductive specialists that call for the UK statutory storage limit for frozen eggs, currently standing at 10 years, to be reviewed. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has indeed recognised the problem with the current restrictions. The Equality and Human Rights Commission also being sympathetic with the calls from many medical professionals and patients to change the existing legislation.
As it stands, the current legislation means that many women have found themselves seeking alternatives as a way to prolong the duration of storage. This has taken the form of transporting their eggs overseas where restrictions differ or having them fertilised with donor sperm and then stored as embryos. Both of which are objectionable methods.