Sonya Sorich: Should I freeze my eggs?

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 23, 2012 

Over two plates of spaghetti, I said something dangerous: "I got an idea from the Kardashians."

My boyfriend looked at me skeptically. Little did he know the conversation would get a lot more uncomfortable. I took a deep breath and detailed how Kim Kardashian began the process of freezing her eggs on a recent episode of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians."

A few days after I watched the show, a related development made national headlines. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine declared that freezing eggs for fertility can work. But women eyeing the treatment as a way to delay childbirth while searching for the man of their dreams should proceed with caution.

"The conclusion: It's not at all clear who's a good candidate, or if women who store their eggs are being given a false sense of security," according to an Oct. 19 Associated Press article.

Which brings me back to the aforementioned spaghetti lunch. I wasn't entirely serious about freezing my eggs, but I was curious. I was also broke, which presents somewhat of a problem. The procedure generally costs between $8,000 and $18,000, according to a May 2012 New York Times article.

Insurance doesn't cover the technology for elective reasons, the Associated Press adds. (Some women freeze their eggs for medical reasons -- for example, cancer patients who want to freeze their eggs before receiving chemotherapy.)

That helps explain what's apparently a trend: some parents are paying for part or all of the treatment as a gift for their daughters, according to the New York Times.

So I called my dad and pitched the idea as a possible Christmas present. Just kidding. But you know what's not funny? The dizzying sea of judgments women face while prioritizing life's milestones.

Slate's XX Factor blog described the recent news with this headline: "Freezing your eggs is no longer experimental. But it's still not the path to having it all."

While writing this column, I learned about Eggsurance, an online information hub "for proactive women who want to ensure they have the option of having children -- just not now."

It's not a bad idea, assuming you understand you're navigating a sphere of medicine that's not flawless. That's how I ended my discussion: intrigue over a procedure that for now was reserved for people richer than me.

As I swirled my spaghetti, I accepted my lack of a backup plan.

Sonya Sorich, reporter, can be reached at ssorich@ledger-enquirer.com or 706-571-8516.

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