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The benefits and risks of freezing your eggs

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Journalist Sarah Elizabeth Richards thought she could step away from the panic of her ticking biological clock and postpone motherhood by freezing her eggs. She spent nearly $50,000, but says it was the best investment she ever made. We talk with Richards and a fertility specialist about the benefits and risks of freezing eggs, the hefty price tag and what it means for women to delay motherhood. Do you have questions about freezing eggs? What would make you consider doing it?

 

An incredible podcast that I strongly recommend listening to. You can either listen to it online at the link below or download the MP3 file. 

 

http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201305311000

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$50,000 seems really high and likely not something most of us can afford. Is this something insurance would cover? 

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$50,000 seems expensive until you are dealing with infertility and there is no other way to get the baby you desperately want. People over in the IF thread have sold their houses, taken loans against their 401k, and moved in with parents to afford it. Some states, like Illinois, cover IVF (not the yearly freezing fees), but since egg freexing is still considered "experimental" they won't cover it if you are lucky enough to live in one of those states.

 

also, it doesn't have to be $50,000, it can be closer to $20,000 if you don't need a lot of meds (which a younger person with great eggs wouldn't need).

 

As somebody who is pregnant after batting infertility for 5 years (pregnant with a donor embryo baby), I wish somebody had told me to freeze my eggs when I was younger. I also wish I would have looked at the real costs and benefits of freezing your eggs versus potential years of infertility (which is life changing in so many ways... some articles have compared it to PTSD when it is finally "over"). Not that I regret our donor baby, but I do regret the battle of IF, the stress on me and our marriage, and the fact that you can never really get over it.

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