Why Women Are Freezing their Eggs

  • Topic Info:The "traditional" (or, old-fashioned) expectations of women, marriage and bearing children almost seem unheard of these days. It's not that women don't want children; it's just that they don't want them right now. More than ever before, women are career-focused and waiting longer to say both "I do" and "Let's get pregnant."

    As women age, an estimated 35 to 39 percent report fertility problems. Your eggs become less viable and the challenges of conceiving also increase.

    So, what can you do if you're just not ready to be a mommy but don't want to lose your window of opportunity?

    Freezing your eggs might be an option.

    There are more than 220 American clinics that are offering egg-freezing services. However, the procedure is still fairly new and no more than 500 babies have been born after the eggs have been thawed out.

    But as your own fertility clock ticks away, panic begins to sink in... should you consider freezing your eggs?

    Author Sarah Richards, who specializes in writing about health and medicine, discusses the process of egg-freezing, as well as when and why you should decide to freeze your eggs.
  • Book Title: Motherhood, Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It
  • Host: Melanie Cole, MS