Is the phrase 'social egg freezing' offensive?

The authors of ANZREI guidelines on the topic fear it stigmatises women who undergo the procedure

The first Australian guidance on elective oocyte cryopreservation is calling for the term “social egg freezing” to be dropped.


The expression, used to describe the elective freezing of eggs for later use may “marginalise, stigmatise or attribute social blame to women”, write the authors of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (ANZREI) guidance.

While it is commonly thought women primarily freeze their eggs so they can pursue a career or educational goals, this is not the main