This is 38 year old Lesley Major. In an interview on the weekend, she explained how she had frozen 14 eggs to give herself a bit more time to have children.
It cost $3000, was extremely difficult and painful and there are no guarantees that it will even work. The fact she was even able to do it makes her unusual. Many women assume you can just freeze eggs for use later if you want to but that's actually not true.
Most fertility clinics do not offer this service to single women unless they are facing a serious medical issue like cancer where radiotherapy or chemotherapy could render them infertile.
The success rate is low for creating embryos with frozen eggs because eggs are not nearly as robust as sperm which freezes – and defrosts – far more successfully. And the process of egg extraction – as any woman who has had IVF will tell you IN DETAIL – is excrutiating. Weeks of hormone injections and then the extraction itself which is not pleasant.
Not quite as easy as a man going into a room with a magazine and a cup for sperm donation….
It's an interesting piece and worth reading. It talks about the issue of 'social infertility' – women who don't get to have kids not because of any medical reason but because they simply run out of time and their eggs expire. It happens.