Women Have the Option to Freeze Their Eggs


Test tube with sperm or eggs samples, cryopreservation in the liquid nitrogen. | Image by Elena Pavlovich, Shutterstock

Women who wish to delay pregnancy might want to consider freezing their eggs.

Oocyte cryopreservation, or egg freezing, is the method by which unfertilized eggs are harvested from ovaries, frozen, and stored for later use. The eggs can then be thawed for later use when a woman wishes.

This process is typically used for women who have medical conditions or illnesses affecting fertility, are undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF), or simply wish to become pregnant at a later date.

The pricing for freezing eggs varies depending on the clinic and location. However, the cost for the procedure alone — not including storage fees — usually ranges between $5,000 and $10,000 per cycle, according to Modern Fertility.

Texas is one of 19 states that require insurance companies to supply coverage for infertility treatments.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) conducted a study and concluded that while fertility in women decreases significantly at age 32, it decreases rapidly after age 37.

The study observed that the percentage of IVF cycles that resulted in live births was 41.5% in women younger than 35 years, 31.9% in women aged 35–37, 22.1% in women aged 38–40, 12.4% in women aged 41–42, 5% in women aged 43–44, and 1% for women older than 44.

Dr. Julian Escobar of Conceive Fertility Center in Dallas told NBC News that freezing eggs used to be experimental and reserved for women with cancer or other illnesses that affected fertility. Now, the technology has been simplified to appeal to women who wish to delay pregnancy to a later date in their lives.

“Women go to college. They don’t have a baby early on. They don’t get married early on. They want a good job. They’re professional,” said Escobar. “They can get married for the right reasons later on, [are] maybe now hitting their 30s, then all of a sudden, you start seeing that their fertility declines after age 35.”

Actress Jennifer Aniston said in an interview with Allure that she had tried to start a family years ago but had encountered difficulties. The 53-year-old actress said she had difficulty taking measures such as IVF fertility treatments while under the spotlight.

“I would’ve given anything if someone had said to me, ‘Freeze your eggs. Do yourself a favor.’ You just don’t think it. So here I am today,” Aniston said in the interview. “The ship has sailed.”

If you enjoyed this article, please support us today!

Formed in 2021, we provide fact-based, non-partisan news. The Dallas Express is a non-profit organization funded by charitable support and advertising.

Please join us on the important journey to make Dallas a better place!

We welcome and appreciate comments on The Dallas Express as part of a healthy dialogue. We do ask that you be kind. Kind to each other and to everyone else in your comments. For more information, please refer to our Complete Comment Moderation Policy.

Subscribe to Comments
Notify of

Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
2 months ago

Have there been any long term studies on the viability of freezing eggs and artificial insemination? How about women putting their careers on freeze while they have babies and resume their careers when their children are all old enough to be somewhat independent? In addition to fertility going down with age, a woman’s chances of finding a marriage partner go down with age. So, the choice is, put their career on hold, have children during their fertile years and raise them with a husband, or settle into a career, then have children with an insufficiently-tested technology and possibly raise them as a single mother.

2 months ago

Anniston is full of it. She never wanted children. They’ve been freezing eggs for quite some time now but she needed someone to tell her that? What a crock. She’s probably getting paid to endorse the process.

She was paid millions to advertise Aveeno. You actually think she uses that $8 a bottle lotion? She probably uses something that costs $500 an ounce.