More women freezing eggs, companies fronting costs

A growing number of women are freezing their eggs as they become more career driven.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- These days more and more women are putting off marriage and kids until later in life.

A growing number of them are looking to egg freezing as a so-called “insurance policy.”

In the 1950s, the US census showed women were getting married, on average, by age 20. But times have changed; in 2015, the average woman was married by 27.

“Many women are busy, successful professionals who want to have that option of having a family but haven’t met Mr. Right yet,” fertility specialist Dr. Kathy Doody said.

So perhaps it’s no surprise more and more women are freezing their eggs.

“It was weighing on me daily thinking I’m not married, I don’t have kids, I’m getting older,” said Osau, a 36-year-old teacher.

She and other women who have gone through the process say there is still a stigma associated with it.

“There was disconnect thinking any type of artificial injections was going to do something wrong or mess something up in your body,” she said.

“I told my parents what I was doing and they said well what does your boyfriend think?” added Sara, a 37-year-old physician. “And I was like, who cares what he thinks?”

With a price tag of about $10,000 per cycle, it’s not cheap.

But now more major companies like Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google, and American Airlines are getting on board, including coverage in employee benefits.

“At some point, companies are going to have to evolve with the way times are changing as well and start offering that to be more competitive as well,” Osau said.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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