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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.
Mom to DS 12/07 and DD 11/13, plus a bunch of chickens, dogs, and cats.
Moving past many years of infertility and always thinking of my friends in the infertility forums.
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