For Kate Davidson, the pandemic has been a time for reflection. It led her to freeze her eggs. Davidson, 35, from Cheltenham, is keeping half her eggs for the future and giving half away, cutting the cost of a process for which there has been a surge in demand since lockdown. “A big part of me wanted to do it because I wanted to share my eggs,” said the commercial director of a crematoria company, who is single. “But I also like the fact that I’ve got some put away for me now. I was quite reflective about work, life — all those things. I think that’s what prompted me to make the move.”

Fertility clinics have seen a surge of interest in egg freezing as women assess the effect of the pandemic on their chances of meeting the right partner. Inquiries have jumped by 50% at some centers over the summer compared with the same period last year. The London Women’s Clinic, which has centers in the capital, Darlington and Cardiff, among other places, said interest was 25%-30% higher than expected. Create Fertility, which has nine UK sites, noted a jump in inquiries of 24% compared with last summer.

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