Women now have an option of buying insurance for having children; egg freezing. Egg freezing, or Oocyte Cryopreservation enables women to put their biological clock on hold, by controlling their reproductive future by preserving their fertility by freezing their eggs. According to a New York Times article, the procedure is expensive, costing between $8,000 and $18,000. Although this process has no guarantees, many would-be grandparents are willing to take the risk with their daughters by supporting them financially. Jennifer Hayes, 35, has gone through the process of preserving her fertility and blogs about her experiences and explains the basics of egg freezing here, on her website.
With all the benefits of preserving one’s fertility, there come some risks to be taken:
- Damage to the Oocyte – Intracellular ice may damage and affect the functions of the the female reproductive cell prior to the fertilization process
- There have been no systematic follow-up studies either of children born from frozen eggs (fewer than 2000 worldwide) or of success rates, especially for women in their late thirties who are the primary users