A Monash University study into the concept of egg freezing as an employee benefit has revealed almost half of the 656 Victorian women surveyed believe it would be appropriate for employers to have it on offer.
However, while some participants saw the potential for employer-sponsored egg freezing to increase and support women’s reproductive and career options, others were concerned it could pressure women to delay childbearing, reinforce the career vs. family dichotomy and exacerbate existing inequities in access to assisted reproductive technologies.
The study was published in the paper, Employer-sponsored egg freezing: carrot or stick?, in the journal AJOB Empirical Bioethics this week and was co-authored by academics from Monash’s Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and Barwon Health.
Lead author Molly Johnston from the Faculty of Arts’ Monash Bioethics Centre said employer-sponsored egg freezing was introduced in the US in 2014 via Silicon Valley corporate giants Apple and Facebook. Since then, around one in five large US companies have followed the lead of Apple and Facebook and now offer female employees financial support to access egg freezing, with predictions Australia could follow suit.