Those in the fertility business have noticed a new trend, according to an article in the New York Times. When a woman decides to freeze her eggs, her parents are increasingly likely to be a part of the process. The parents are, of course, interested in someday becoming grandparents.
The freezing of unfertilized eggs appeals primarily to single cancer patients who face possible sterility due to treatment and to single women who want to delay child-bearing. (For women with partners, the freezing of embryos is the preferred path.) Freezing eggs is a tricky process that is still labeled as experimental by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, although that label may be lifted soon. The procedure for the collection of eggs is much the same as with in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures: hormone treatments, followed by collection of the eggs as an outpatient procedure.
The potential grandparents are most likely to be involved financially. The cost of freezing eggs can hit $18,000, according to the NY Times article. Parents may also offer support during the egg collection process. The most important role of parents may be in offering moral support for a procedure that is still out of the mainstream. In some cases, the parents are the ones who are conscious of a daughter's ticking biological clock and thus the first ones to broach the subject.
Knowing that fertility declines sharply after age 35, would you encourage a daughter approaching that age to freeze her eggs? Leave a comment below.
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