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July 11, 2022

Increased storage time limits – providing more flexibility for fertility patients

Planning when to have a family can be tricky and, let’s face it, most of the time our plans change. We are now living longer and stretching the rubber band of life. The ability to delay having a family by egg, sperm or embryo freezing, allows us to stretch our fertile life.


When planning a family, important decisions to store eggs, sperm or embryos were met with a deadline of only 10 years, the number of years the frozen material could be stored for except in certain cases.

Fortunately, a new law, implemented on 1st July 2022, is giving patients greater flexibility by increasing these limits to 55 years.

Dr Suvir Venkataraman, General Manager HSFC, about the new law, “We welcome this law that gives our patients more time to prepare for parenthood. Some of our patient come to our clinic when they are young, in their late 20s say. A woman can carry babies well over 40s, and the new storage limit is more in keeping with the current societal and medical demand. It gives our patients more flexibility in terms of starting their family. We support this law.”


For more information, please visit HEFA’s press release.