Because more and more women are starting their families in their mid to late 30s and into their 40s, the possibility of having infertility issues rises. Guest poster Cristina Schreil, who is in her 20s, explored the question of young woman freezing their young eggs. She talked to others in her age group and older women who wished they had frozen some of their young eggs. On one hand it’s expensive to extract, freeze, and store eggs. On the other, perhaps it should be considered a preventative procedure, like mammograms, and be covered by insurance.

Here’s what Cristina discovered:
When I asked 22-year-old Angie Giammarino whether or not she would consider freezing her eggs, her answer echoed other young women I’ve consulted: “It’s basically like asking, ‘Should I replace my car engine before it dies suddenly while I am on the road?’ Yes, but that’s expensive. I’ll take my chances.”

In a time when experts say that 50,000 reproductive-age women are diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year, evaluating your fertility options at a young age is essential — and may become routine for women before age 35.

 

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