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FFA webinar on fertility health

The ECCT's Family Friendly Alliance (FFA) arranged a webinar featuring guest speaker Tseng Wan-ting, COO of Taipei Medical Technology Company (曾琬婷 / 臺北醫學科技 營運長暨品牌經理). It was the third in a series of webinars arranged by the FFA for the purpose of discussing the latest trends and sharing best practices aimed at creating a family friendly environment in Taiwan. The speaker gave a presentation on fertility health and modern reproductive medical techniques.

More women are now freezing their eggs in order to preserve them for future use. Female fertility is highly age-related and diminishes after the age of 32 and ever more sharply after the age of 37. It is therefore recommended eggs are extracted before women reach the age of 37 when the eggs are healthier and more likely to be successfully fertilised and achieve a healthy embryo. Besides the age of eggs, fertility is also affected by the diminishing of essential hormones as well as the presence of heavy metals and plasticisers. Reasons for women wanting to freeze their eggs may be to delay having children in order to focus on their careers or because they have not yet found the right partner but also if they are suffering from disease or sickness that may risk damaging their eggs.

Super model Lin Chi-lin is a successful example of a woman who delayed pregnancy until the age of 47 using frozen eggs. Many corporations are now offering subsidies to women who wish to freeze their eggs in addition to extended maternity leave.

According to the writer, the technical process of freezing eggs is relatively easy if done correctly. The entire treatment process requires about 3-4 visits to a fertility clinic and takes about 14 days while the cost in Taiwan is relatively affordable.

For women considering freezing their eggs, Tseng recommended doing it sooner rather than later. She also advised maintaining a healthy diet ahead of fertility treatment, including oats, milk, oyster mushrooms, fish, whole grains, sweet potatoes and almonds.