Young? Single? Career-oriented? Worried you may never meet Mr. Right? Not sure about adoption? Get your eggs to a freezer! A new scientific breakthrough allows women to prolong fertility, reports the Mirror. Although it has been possible to freeze embryos for years, now eggs can be frozen and used for in vitro fertilization later. The benefit? A woman of 40 is more likely to get pregnant using eggs frozen in her early 30s than with her 40-year-old eggs. Plus, when freezing embryos, it's often a "joint ownership" situation between a man and a woman. If the couple splits, the man can refuse to give the woman consent to use the embryos. With eggs, the woman has "sole ownership." She can have the eggs thawed and use them when she wants.
The success rate isn't great, but it's the same as with standard IVF: 25-35%. Dr Gillian Lockwood, medical director at a fertility service that offers egg freezing, doesn't want to encourage women to freeze their eggs if they can "have a family at the normal time," but admits "I'd much rather that a 42-year-old woman used healthy frozen eggs from her 30s, than took a chance on her "time expired" eggs from her 40s and not get pregnant." But 40% of her patients are women who just want frozen eggs as an "insurance policy."
This can be because they're focused on a career, seeking financial stability or don't have a partner. Women who fall into this non-medical category can expect to pay at least £2,500 ($5,000) for the procedure.
Hey, no one said postponing motherhood was gonna be cheap. Let's just hope that career you're putting first is a lucrative one. But if you're not interested in having kids at all, don't worry — you're saving the world.