NPR- Egg Freezing Puts The Biological Clock On Hold
One 40-year-old says she wishes she'd learned about egg freezing earlier. Esther Montoro, a 37-year-old photographer, looks a little stunned.CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
"I think it's fantastic," she says, "but I think it's so incredibly expensive."
The whole process — a week of hormones, plus the procedure to collect the eggs — runs $12,000 to $14,000. And because it takes 10 to 20 eggs for a reasonable shot at success, some may need to do this several times. Plus, there are annual storage fees. Then, when you're ready to use your eggs, you'll need in vitro fertilization, another pricey procedure. All told, costs can easily exceed $40,000, money Montoro doesn't have.
"I guess there's a big assumption that most women that need to do this [are] career, successful, rich women," she says. "And I'm not!"