During the pandemic, with so many of our freedoms intermittently removed, conversations about fertility or, rather, potential infertility, have proliferated. Egg freezing
was on the rise anyway. Data from the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA)
shows that the number of egg storage cycles has increased rapidly, rising from 1,500 cycles in 2013 to just under 9,000 in 2018. This is a staggering increase of 523% which means that the number of women freezing their eggs has increased five-fold in recent years. But, over the last 18 months, it has been everywhere: featuring in as many articles
and podcasts as it has in the private conversations had between women when nobody else is listening. At-home hormone tests are no different. There is not a single woman of my age I know without children who doesn’t want to take one and feel that they’ve claimed some power over their future which, by its very nature, is always going to be beyond their control.