They’re a hit in the Big Apple.
Women are working and focusing on their careers before having a family more today, than the generation before them. And as a result, women freezing their eggs to ensure fertility later in life is becoming more common.
But egg freezing has changed – it’s far from being the taboo subject that no one talks about. In fact it’s now become on trend in one of the biggest trend-setting cities in the world – New York. We’re sure it won’t take long to hit our shores down under either.
The new trend I’m referring to is ‘egg freezing parties’ – an event where cocktails and canapés mix with a conversation about the facts and information you need to know about freezing your eggs.
Girl’s night out anyone?
Egg-freezing parties are an event where women get educated on the science behind egg freezing and are offered to ‘freeze’ their fertility in a very open discussion. Think Tupperware parties where the items on sale involve egg storage instead of rice bubbles storage.
Don’t worry, the actual egg harvesting itself doesn’t happen during these soirées but information abounds and women can ask anything they like while enjoying alcohol fuelled conversation. (Maybe that helps!) For some women it’s a way to be open about a topic that is otherwise still pretty sensitive.
Katie Clark, a 35-year-old real estate agent spoke to The Sydney Morning Herald and said that she, “didn’t purposefully concentrate on [her] career.”
She told The SMH that she just hadn’t met a man by the time she turned 35, which she had already decided was her “cut-off”. “Better to freeze them now than be left without children if I don’t meet a man til I’m 40,” she said.
While the idea of throwing a party for your eggs seems a little left of anywhere, the idea stems from the pressure many women feel to conceive by a certain age.
There’s so much information out there for women, telling us that our fertility declines as we age and that if we’re nearing our mid-thirties with no beau in tow, then we need to start being proactive about preparing for infertility later in life.
EggBanxx is one of the big 'egg-freezing' hosts in New York and their website explains the events they host as, “egg freezing parties bring together fertility doctors, first person testimonials, Q&A session, financing information and cocktails!”
The company offers its egg-freezing service at around 40 per cent less than the cost of original services, which is an amazing win for hopeful parents and single women who want to freeze their eggs.
Usually if you want to freeze your eggs for your own personal (non-medical) reasons it can cost $12,000. Even with medical reasons a full IVF treatment can cost around $4,500. It's not cheap.
Egg freezing, fertility issues, being single as you age - all of these are sensitive topics. The egg freezing parties are a place where women can feel safe (and slightly buzzed) to speak openly and honestly about their situations, and perhaps find out more than they would otherwise.
Alternatively they may just be creating an unnecessary buzz around egg freezing - making it seem chic and on trend, when the reality is that for many women, having a baby is not as easy as tumbling into bed with someone.
Would you go to an egg-freezing party?
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