Millennials Are Flocking to Egg Freezing Startups to Put Their Future Babies on Ice

New companies are making the process easier and more affordable.

Got $13,650 just burning a hole in your pocket? Here’s what to do with it if you’re in your 20s. or 30s.

“If you are in your 20s or early 30s, there’s no better time to save your eggs,” says the website for Prelude Fertility, which is encouraging millennials to save their eggs as to avoid infertility problems later.

“A woman’s eggs are at their peak health and fertility in early adulthood, but as we age, the quantity and quality of our eggs decrease. Freezing healthy eggs now suspends that aging process, freeing you from worrying about the quality of your eggs declining in the future. If you are in your later 30s or 40s, we will work with you to determine the viability of your eggs and, if needed, walk you through all the options you have to make your baby.

“We believe it should be easy and affordable for any woman to save her eggs until she’s ready to start or grow her family.”

The company is a modern day egg-freezing facility, claiming to be the only company to include all appropriate medications in the cost of the plan.

“Depending on where you live, the cost of The Prelude Method could be up to $4,500 less than the market average of egg preservation and IVF cycle costs at comparable clinics,” they say.

Progyny is also a start-up aiming to get women under 35 to freeze their eggs if they are focused on their career while younger or are waiting to find the right partner. Progressive companies like Apple and Facebook even offer egg freezing coverage in their health care plans.

“Hit the snooze button on your biological clock,” the company’s slogan says. “Simply put, we are expanding the potential of reproductive healthcare, so that families everywhere can share their love with a new generation.”

Until around 2012, freezing eggs was mainly thought of if a woman’s health was in jeopardy or if she had cancer or was thinking ahead. Having been around for more than 30 years, the process has now become so smooth that the freezing technology has become more successful and popular.

Not all facilities are as expensive as listed above; Extend Fertility can freeze your eggs for $5,000, but that doesn’t include the $10,000 and upwards you’ll pay for IVF to implant them. At Prelude, you can pay a “subscription” $199 a month for egg freezing with a down payment ranging from $3,000 to $10,000.

One Reddit user, a 34-year-old woman said her doctor recommend she freeze her eggs ASAP.

“I’m turning 34 at the end of the summer, and I'm single with no one on the horizon. Even if I were to meet The One tomorrow and we follow the "traditional" route to establishing a family, the earliest I'll have a baby is 36 years old. I want at least two kids, so that takes me closer to 40. So far, everything else is healthy and I'm nowhere near menopausal, she's only recommending it because of the time horizon.”

One commenter advises to go ahead and do it.

“I have done this. Do it. After you turn 35 your fertility drops and it harder and harder to find eggs. This is a limited resource! I went through traditional IVF and at that time froze my stuff. So glad! The well runs dry at some point and you do not know when. I waited and had to go through a lot to retrieve! Do this while you are young!!! Your doctor is recommending, and I am also. You can avoid very expensive (20k per time not guaranteed) by planning ahead now. Don't worry about the cost, find a reputable place and guarantee your future.”

Another says she wished she’d done it sooner.

“Long time lurker and signed up just to reply to this. If you have the money, do it! I wish this was discussed with me at your age. The dramatic reduction in eggs and quality of eggs after 40 was something no one ever talked about and not covered in any sex ed class I had. If you end up finding Mr. Right and don't need them, not a big deal. But if he comes along a little later and you don't have them, there will be a lot of expense, time, heartache, and decisions you will have to sort through. I'm older and pregnant, ended up using donor eggs. Just a few notes, there are no donor banks that will guarantee a baby or your money back. They guarantee the egg will fertilize, which is much, much different. Also, even if you decide to use donor eggs or adopt, it's a hard and expensive decision. Small things like inheriting the shape of your eyes that you got from your father become a big deal in your head. The whole process can easily take a couple of years and it's hard on your partner as well. So I would suggest any women mid-thirties who may want kids in their 40's for whatever reason, to freeze some eggs.”

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