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Fatwa prohibits Muslim Women to freeze their eggs


Clerics in Malaysia issued a fatwa to Muslim women in Malaysia not to freeze their eggs before marriage.

Syariah law did not allowed women freezing their eggs for social purposes. It said woman’s eggs to be fertilised by her husband’s sperm. As
egg freezing in Islam was only allowed if the woman is unable to conceive naturally due to a medical condition.

Fertility expert Dr Natasha Ain Mohd Nor said.”A fatwa has been established for Muslim women, where freezing their eggs before marriage is not permissible.” She added.”However, after marriage, they can freeze their eggs provided they be fertilised by the sperm of the husband.”

Egg freezing is very expensive in Malaysia it could cost between RM15,000 and RM17,000. Dr Natasha said Muslim women who opted to freeze their eggs were usually those with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer.

“Muslim women wishing to freeze their eggs do it for medical purposes. But this is still a very small minority, Egg freezing is an option, but the likelihood of the woman becoming pregnant is not 100 per cent guaranteed,” she said.

“If a woman wants to freeze her eggs, she is encouraged to do so in her early 30s while she still has enough eggs. In her 40s, it would be difficult.” She added.

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