Alex Scott reveals she’s being pressured to freeze her eggs while gracing cover of Women’s Health


BBC presenter Alex Scott, 36, reveals she’s being pressured by friends to freeze her eggs and is asked why she’s single ‘all the time’










Since competing in Strictly Come Dancing in 2019, her career has skyrocketed. 

And footballer and TV presenter Alex Scott, 36, has now revealed that she’s being pressured by friends to freeze her eggs, and constantly goes ‘back and forth’ with the idea, explaining that therapy is helping her.

While gracing the October cover of Women’s Health, the former footballer also confessed that she is asked why she’s single ‘all the time.’  

Candid: Alex Scott, 36, has now revealed that she's being pressured by friends to freeze her eggs, and constantly goes 'back and forth' with the idea, explaining that therapy is helping her

Candid: Alex Scott, 36, has now revealed that she’s being pressured by friends to freeze her eggs, and constantly goes ‘back and forth’ with the idea, explaining that therapy is helping her

On the subject of freezing her eggs, Alex told the publication: ‘It’s still something I go back and forth with.

‘Sometimes, my friends put pressure on me: “Alex, you’re not getting any younger, you need to do this.”

‘But right now, I’m loving life – so why add pressure on myself because other people are saying it’s time now to freeze your eggs?’

Discussing the positive impact of therapy, Alex gushed: ‘Going to therapy was absolutely the most enlightening thing I’ve ever done in my life. I love it. I will never stop.  

Cover star: While gracing the October cover of Women's Health , the former footballer also confessed that she is asked why she's single 'all the time'

Cover star: While gracing the October cover of Women’s Health , the former footballer also confessed that she is asked why she’s single ‘all the time’

Pressure: 'Sometimes, my friends put pressure on me: "Alex, you're not getting any younger, you need to do this",' revealed the star

Pressure: ‘Sometimes, my friends put pressure on me: “Alex, you’re not getting any younger, you need to do this”,’ revealed the star

Loving life! 'But right now, I'm loving life – so why add pressure on myself because other people are saying it's time now to freeze your eggs?' asked Alex

Loving life! ‘But right now, I’m loving life – so why add pressure on myself because other people are saying it’s time now to freeze your eggs?’ asked Alex

‘Therapy’s helping me, so why am I not going to talk about it [freezing her eggs]? With a woman’s decision to get her eggs frozen – you do it for you, forward- planning, why be ashamed of that?  

‘It’s [about] taking away those stigmas that other people put on you. I get that all the time: “Why are you single?” Like, sorry, do I have to be with someone?! [laughs].

‘On my days off, all I want to do is hang out with my girlfriends, go out to a theatre show, listen to music, or have a couple of wines. I’m not going to apologise for being single.’

Taking ownership! 'With a woman's decision to get her eggs frozen – you do it for you, forward- planning, why be ashamed of that?' asked the former footballer

Taking ownership! ‘With a woman’s decision to get her eggs frozen – you do it for you, forward- planning, why be ashamed of that?’ asked the former footballer

Single! 'I get that all the time: "Why are you single?" Like, sorry, do I have to be with someone?! [laughs]... I'm not going to apologise for being single'

Single! ‘I get that all the time: “Why are you single?” Like, sorry, do I have to be with someone?! [laughs]… I’m not going to apologise for being single’

Alex will soon appear in a new series of Who Do You Think You Are? as the show returns to BBC One this October.  

The broadcaster explores the Jewish ancestry on her mother’s side and learns that her great grandad faced down fascism in London’s East End in 1936.

She travels to Jamaica to uncover history on the other side of the family and learns of tremendous hardship and suffering as well as some uncomfortable and upsetting history. 

Read the full Alex Scott interview in the October issue of Women’s Health UK, on sale from 14th September 2021, also available as a digital edition. 

Looking back: Alex learns about her Jewish and Jamaican heritage, and ancestors that suffered tremendous hardships in a new series of Who Do You Think You Are?

Looking back: Alex learns about her Jewish and Jamaican heritage, and ancestors that suffered tremendous hardships in a new series of Who Do You Think You Are?

To freeze or not to freeze eggs? All the pros and cons for women in their 30s 

Soaring numbers of women have frozen their eggs in recent years as part of a decision to put motherhood on hold and pursue a career.  

Some women choose to freeze their eggs to preserve their fertility, increasing their chances of having a child in their late thirties and forties.

Others do so because they are receiving treatment, such as chemotherapy, that can be toxic to their ovaries or eggs, or have underlying conditions that can damage their fertility.

Here, MailOnline delves into the pros and cons of freezing your eggs. 

Cons

The cost of egg-freezing is one of the major drawbacks. 

On average, women have to fork out £3,350 to have their eggs collected and frozen. Medication involved in getting pregnant costs with the eggs costs up to £1,500, while storage is up to £350 a year.

And thawing eggs and transferring them to the womb costs an average of £2,500.

The expensive procedure is also not a guaranteed success. 

The birth rate when using frozen eggs is on the rise but stands at one in five, according to the the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

This is compared to a 30 per cent success rates using ‘fresh’ eggs during IVF, which are harvested at the time of the procedure.

Pros 

The main benefit of egg-freezing is that it takes the pressure off the biological clock of women and offers them flexibility over motherhood.

‘Standard’ IVF using a woman’s own eggs that are harvested for use does not offer a solution to age-related fertility decline over time because it cannot reverse the egg degeneration that comes with getting older.

It also gives women more options compared to freezing an embryo – an egg that has been fertilised before freezing – if a woman who does not yet know who she would like to have a child with. 



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