“I’d have some insurance, no matter what happened in my love live.My younger eggs would be waiting for me.” Since egg freezing became available in the U. a decade ago, many doctors haven’t felt comfortable recommending it to women who planned to put off starting a family while they searched for romantic partners or waited for a better time in their careers.
Last fall, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine welcomed the procedure to the mainstream by removing the "experimental" label and acknowledging freezing techniques that resulted in similar in-vitro fertilization success rates as fresh eggs.
A string of celebrities, like Sofia Vergara, boasted of their recent trips to the freezer.
More than half of fertility clinics now offer the procedure, which costs between ,000 and ,000, and doctors are reporting a surge of inquiries.
Sarah Wickliffe, a 29-year-old graphic designer from New York, had broached the topic with her ob-gyn over the past few years, but the doctor pooh-poohed the idea, saying she was too young.
But then Wickliffe broke up with her boyfriend of three years and was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormone disorder affecting 5 percent to 10 percent of women of childbearing age that can cause infertility.
Scared that she’d have trouble getting pregnant by the time she found love, Wickliffe asked her doctor again if she should consider freezing her eggs.The doctor referred her to a fertility doctor, who last summer prescribed Wickliffe two weeks of hormone shots and surgically retrieved 12 eggs to be used when she was ready to have children.“I thought that if I had the chance to put away eggs that are healthy now, I should do it,” explains Wickliffe.Last summer, while Sarah Wickliffe’s friends were posting pictures of their wedding cakes and baby ultrasounds on Facebook, the 29-year-old graphic designer was quietly injecting herself with hormones to make her ovaries produce a dozen eggs that would be frozen to use when she was ready to have children.Thinking about freezing your eggs to buy yourself a few more baby-making years?Not so fast, says the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.