In the UK, evolving attitudes to single parents over the last 50 years have been intertwined with the advent of contemporary feminism
, increasing financial independence for women and an overarching shift towards more fluid conceptions of gender and sexuality. As women have broadly gained greater control over almost all aspects of their lives, many women’s desire to have agency over their reproductive future has grown, too. According to a 2020 report
by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HEFA), egg and embryo freezing increased more than fivefold between 2013 and 2018. This growth appears to have been spurred on even further by the pandemic, with The Sunday Times reporting
that some fertility clinics saw enquiries rise by 50% last summer.