Quick post – and bit of a different one from usual – but… last month I received this email from someone called Abbie-Louise, she said…
I am currently at the University of Cambridge studying Human, Social and Political Sciences and as part of my dissertation and a project financed by Baillie Gifford Investment Bank, I am looking into the ethical, business and social implications of egg freezing. After a great deal of research I have come to realise the many positives of egg freezing – a process which I believe empowers women by allowing them to take control of their reproductive autonomy. I was particularly inspired by your post which reads: “egg freezing was a way of feeling like I was taking charge of my future, rather than just waiting for my future to happen to me.”
As part of my project I look to compare attitudes of women in England and in the US with regards to egg freezing – I will travel to California this summer to undertake this. If there is any way we could have a chat about your experiences/ blog (via skype/ email/ I could meet you in London – or wherever is convenient) then I would be so grateful.
Now I am all about the evidence, and all about talking about egg freezing so OBVIOUSLY we had a chat, and I was totally impressed by Abbie-Louise, by her questions, and insight and asked her to stay in touch.
She got back from California earlier this month and emailed me to ask if I could fill in an anonymous survey for her about my experience of egg-freezing, and if I could share it with anyone I knew who had frozen their eggs – or, if I knew anyone who was thinking about it, if I could share another survey with them. I figured the easiest way to do this was on this blog so – if you care about science / research / students / women etc in any way at all, do please be so kind as to help out.
I know that one of the things she wants to look at is any difference between attitudes in the UK and elsewhere so, as I know I have readers from all over the place – hello Malaysia, Israel, Burma etc etc – it would probably help her if you put your country in the final box.
Abbie-Louise sent me some really interesting stuff about what she’d discovered in California and I’m probably going to post about that later, but for now, I do implore you to help her out – and if you have any questions about her research or the surveys, do drop her an email – she’s very lovely: firstname.lastname@example.org