By Susan Carroll
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) This article out of Houston takes a look at the option of freezing your eggs. For patients without insurance coverage, Houston IVF charges about $10,000 for the initial procedure, including medication and two years of egg storage. It costs $300 per year for storage after that. Fertilization and embryo transfer is an additional $7,000. We hope this information helps with empowering women to make decisions that fit their lifestyles.
Carol Plasencia knows she wants to have babies. Two, at least.
Just not right now.
Plasencia works as an inventory manager for a safety company. She is months from finishing a bilingual education degree and says she wants to spend the next few years focusing on her career.
But she faces constant reminders about her biological clock and how fast it’s ticking. Her fiancé is pressuring her to start a family right after their January wedding. And her niece recently drew her a picture of eggs with sad faces and scrawled “YOUR EGGS ARE DYING!” across the page.
“I’m 34. On the brink of 35,” Plasencia says. “The magic number.”
As more American women delay having children — either to avoid the “mommy track” at work or to wait for Mr. Right — they are confronted with a simple fact: Fertility starts to significantly decline around 35.
Some women, like Plasencia, are considering an increasingly popular but costly option to delay having babies — egg freezing. On a recent Tuesday night, Plasencia and a girlfriend went to an “egg freezing party” at a painting studio in the Heights hosted by Houston IVF.
“If you’re not ready for children just yet, egg freezing gives you the freedom and peace of mind to pursue other dreams without giving up your dream of someday starting a family,” the advertisement on Facebook read.