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By Jocelyn Lee,
The New Paper,
Monday, Apr 28, 2014
They are hot, sexy, single — and turning 40 soon. And they think that freezing their eggs is a good idea.
Top Taiwanese model-actress Lin Chi-ling made the news last week after it was reported that she had frozen her eggs secretly at the National Taiwan University Hospital.
A friend had revealed: “After Lin Chi-ling turned 39 last year, her mother got very anxious about her getting married and having kids. In order to lessen her worries, Chi-ling went... for egg-freezing.”
The process, known as oocyte cryopreservation, extracts, freezes and stores a woman’s eggs so that they can be thawed and fertilised in the future, when the woman is ready to be pregnant.
Lin denied rumours that she had frozen her eggs, telling regional media that she did not know where the reports came from. However, the sexy model, who is single, felt it was a brilliant suggestion and that she would not mind doing so.
Single local female celebrities whom The New Paper spoke to felt the same way.
Actress Ann Kok, 41, said: “This is my first time hearing it, I’ve never thought about it before, but I think it’s a good idea and I’ll consider it.”
The single actress, who left MediaCorp last month, is busy with the promotional activities of local movie Filial Party, which will open here on May 8.
Said Kok: “As you age, your body gets weaker and is no longer as strong as it was. If the technology for egg freezing is advanced and the doctors are confident they can be preserved well, I think it’s a good idea.”
In an interview with RazorTV late last year, Kok had spoken about marriage and having children, saying she had considered going to a sperm bank to get pregnant. However, she now thinks that egg freezing is a better idea.
The star revealed that she is close to her family and that her parents have not pressured her about getting married, which is why she “has never really felt alone”. She added: “I am very fine with being alone. If someone comes into my life, it will be like a bonus.”
Actress Cynthia Koh revealed that she has also entertained thoughts of freezing her eggs.
The 40-year-old, who spoke to TNP at the Star Awards 20 post party on Sunday, said: “It was just a passing thought. I think it’s very common for women (to think like that), as we live and work in a highly stressful environment. You naturally worry about your ability to conceive as you age.”
The single actress added: “When I was around 30, I badly wanted to have children. But I’m beyond that stage now. Now, I think it’s more important to find a supportive, understanding companion. Marriage is for life, right? If he loves and wants children, that’s great. If he doesn’t, it’s all right. If he already has children from a previous marriage, I think it’s fine by me, too.”
Former MTV VJ Belinda Lee, 37, is open to the idea as well. She said: “I feel there’s nothing wrong with women choosing to freeze their eggs. Technology is so advanced now, so what they are doing is basically using the powers of technology to aid them in planning for a baby. If it’s something they really want to do, I think it’s okay.”
Lee, who is single, added: “I do hope I can find The One within the next few years, so I don’t have to use (the egg freezing method). It’s hard, though. I feel that most guys don’t want to date female artistes.”
— Additional reporting by Tan Kee Yun
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