Older Women Postponing Kids by Freezing Eggs

A human embryo is seen through a microscope at the La Jolla IVF Clinic February 28, 2007 in La Jolla, California.   (Getty Images)

(User Submitted) – Women in their 30s are freezing their eggs to give themselves more time to start a family, according to a new study. The relatively new technology allows women to plan for IVF treatment in future—so they can take away the pressure of a ticking biological clock while they concentrate on their careers, or simply wait til they meet the right man. The small study in Belgium tracked 15 women undergoing the procedure who had an average age of 38, and didn't expect to use their frozen eggs for another 5 years.

The BBC notes that the procedure—which costs about $4,500 per cycle, and often requires three of them—is most successful when younger, healthier eggs are being harvested. A separate survey of 200 female medical students in the UK reports that 8 out of 10 would be happy to employ the technique to give them more time to focus on a career. Read the full article.

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