Egg and sperm freezing growing among unmarried in the UAE

A growing number of unmarried individuals in the UAE are opting to freeze their eggs and sperm as the country awaits further updates on the legality of embryo freezing. Egg and sperm freezing helps preserve future reproductive potential. The cells are stored unfertilised, and to achieve a pregnancy, the couple must undergo IVF. While the procedure is mostly straightforward for married couples, unmarried individuals in the UAE must first seek approval from the Ministry of Health.

A number of medical conditions heighten the need to preserve eggs and sperm, especially as the treatment can deplete their quantity or quality. These include cancers, blood disorders like beta thalassemia, and autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, as the chemotherapy and immunotherapy used to treat them can affect the patient’s fertility. In addition, in cases where patients are facing a depletion of ovarian reserves, egg and sperm freezing are recommended.

“This is still a gray area in the UAE, but we certainly get many more requests, especially from single women who are choosing to delay their marriages for a variety of reasons. This year, we have performed about a handful of the procedures already, but there is still a need for greater clarity on the issue,” said Dr. Monikaa Chawla, a consultant for reproductive endocrinology, infertility, obstetrics, and gynecology at Fakih IVF.

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