Besides monthly visits from Aunt Flo and the pain of labor and delivery, it may be the worst thing about being a woman: The tick-tock of that damn biological clock. While the passing of time does affect male fertility to an extent, a woman’s odds of getting pregnant decreases with each passing year, not to mention that pregnant women are almost automatically categorized as high-risk if they’re 35 or older.
Technology has come a long way when it comes to reproduction, though, and procedures like IVF help women (and couples) struggling with infertility conceive. And now, freezing young eggs for future use is a growing trend. For women who have delayed having kids to focus on their careers or for women who just haven’t met the right match, it’s a way to put nature on hold for a bit.
While freezing your eggs is a pricey endeavor—about $15K, according to this Vogue article—for many women, it’s a price worth paying for a little egg insurance policy, even if there are still unanswered questions about how long the eggs are usable and the long-term effects on the children conceived from a frozen egg. Regardless, it’s an interesting idea, and one that will allow women to conceive who may not have otherwise been able to. Would you ever consider freezing your eggs for future use?
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As always, sound off in the comments. We love to know what you’re thinking! —Erin