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Women Buy Time by Freezing Their Eggs

The May issue of Marie Claire has babies covered, from Baby Mama star and real-life mom Tina Fey on the cover to a firsthand account of egg banking inside.

In a steady relationship but not ready to have children, writer Sarah Elizabeth Richards bought herself some time and peace of mind by freezing her eggs.

As she approached her 37th birthday, Sarah spent her $13,000 savings to do so. She wrote:

"For once, I didn't have to be that anxious girl trying to beat some fertility expiration date anymore. I could simply admire a baby and wonder what mine would look like someday, the way I used to before the biological clock started."

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Approximately 220 American clinics now offer egg freezing, though the process is still new, as only about 500 babies have been born of it. For more information on egg banking, check out the latest issue of Marie Claire.

What's your opinion on this practice?

Photos by Erin Patrice O'Brien


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Mishell Mishell 9 years
Kim, if menopause happened when the eggs ran out it wouldn't take years, it would be like flipping a switch with the last egg.(We don't run out of eggs.)
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
This may be a stupid question, but... I thought that a woman is born with a fixed number of eggs and when those eggs are gone then she begins to go through menopause. If we take eggs out, won't that make the woman go through menopause sooner than she would normally? and if so, wouldn't that lessen her chances of being able to carry a child and give birth?
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
What you know at 20 is not what you know at 37. When your in your 20s you think you will get married and have babies or you have a plan to have babies by 30. What if your 30 and you still can't find a man or your not in a relationship? It's too many questions of what ifs. I can't tell someone when they should have their baby or what they should do b/c it may be best for them and not for me. I just don't have a concrete answer. I can see if a 60 year old woman wanted to do this but when are really too old to have babies. Halle Berry just had a baby at 42 and there was a woman on CNN a month ago who had her first at 45 (she was trying all those years and never got pregnant and then finally did). I just don't have an answer.
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
I agree about the 37 year old egg comment. If someone is going to do this they should consider it in the 20's and then are they going to have the money to do it? Seems like you'd have to have a lot of forethought and cash.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
a friend of a friend is going through the infertility thing now. she's 43 and guess what, after 44 you have to adopt an "older child" from a lot of the agencies. i was really surprised to learn that, she wants a baby not an "older child" (no knock against adopting older children, just saying what her she wants). she's using donor eggs trying to get pregnant and if she doesn't i'm not sure her dh will go for adopting because of the difficulities. this freezing eggs is a great option. and as for "cheating nature" what are antibiotics, cancer treatments, etc. if we can provide more options for women i'm all for it.
JennyJenJenMurph JennyJenJenMurph 9 years
I am against egg banking simply because I believe it allows people to cheat nature. If you aren't ready to have children at 37, fine, but realize that there is an expiration date on fertility. Be happy alone or by adopting but don't rely on technology that some people legitimately need to allow you to postpone having children--there is a reason for the expiration date.
Angelica Angelica 9 years
Wow, that doesn't even look like Tina Fey on first glance!
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
ok, I am completely ok with women doing this...but 37 year old eggs aren't really great. Once a woman passes 35 her egg quality really starts to decline rapidly. Believe me, I just got this speech from my doc! We are gearing up for IVF and since I am 38 he is fast tracking it. My eggs won't wait much longer. Freezing eggs at age 25 or even as late as 30 is probably a great idea, but after 35 they may be more likely to have chromosome abnormalities.
swt-strwbrry-sgr swt-strwbrry-sgr 9 years
I would rather adopt if I become infertile for whatever reason. There are so many children who need a good loving family and home and I would not pay to freeze my eggs when I could do something even better for someone else.
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
I think this is a good practice. Not only is there not a rush to have children but the individual will be prepared mentally, physically, emotionally and financially to care for a child. I also think it is a good idea in case something happens later down the road that causes infertility. This way the option to have a genetic child isn't lost. I think the choice is smart for women who are unsure of their life paths but want to have the option at a later time.
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