'Mr Right Now' may be right for IVF

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WOMEN considering freezing their eggs for social reasons would be better off settling for ''Mr Not-Quite-Right'' as a father sooner rather than later, a leading IVF specialist says.

While many fertility clinics are starting to spruik egg freezing to women in their 20s and 30s so they can defer child birth for non-medical reasons, the director of Monash IVF, Professor Gab Kovacs, said women should not be conned into thinking it offered a ''guaranteed family in the fridge''.

He said that given that the rate of successful births from egg freezing was low and the technology still improving, it was too early for women in their late 20s and early 30s to think they could rely on it later in life.

''I think they should be working harder to find a partner or changing their criteria for 'Mr Right','' Professor Kovacs said.

''Maybe there is no 'Mr Right' and you have to settle for 'Mr Not-Too-Bad'. There is no such thing as a perfect person for anybody, and even if they're perfect now, they won't be perfect in five or 10 years' time.''

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