Making the decision to freeze your eggs does not come easily – it is expensive, involves medical procedures and there is much to consider. There is currently a study being done in Melbourne with the aim to create a tool to help women reach the right decision for them. In this episode we speak with Dr Michelle Peate and Sherine Sandhu from study.
Dr Michelle Peate is the Program Leader for the Psychosocial Health and Wellbeing Research (emPoWeR) Unit, at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne. She is a behavioural scientist and her focus is on developing resources for to help improve the reproductive health experiences of women across a range of conditions and scenarios such as e fertility preservation decision-making in cancer, unmet needs in endometriosis, and managing menopause after cancer. Her work is internationally recognized – resulting in a number of awards, international invited presentations, and roles on clinical practice guideline committees. Today she is talking to us about the psychosocial impact of elective egg freezing.
Sherine Sandhu is a PhD student in the Psychosocial Health and Wellbeing Research (emPoWeR) Unit, at Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne. Her study focuses on understanding women’s experiences with egg-freezing, and finding out ways to better inform and support those who are deciding whether or not to freeze their eggs. This includes developing and evaluating an online educational tool which aims to help women making this decision.