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But if it doesn't work, she said, "we have a backup plan." Ghadir, of the Southern California Reproductive Center, told the group that he had children and had not anticipated the expense, time and energy of parenting.Freezing eggs can help women have children on their own timeline, he said.
Besides, Ghadir said, "with a glass of wine, everything sounds better." The first baby created from a frozen egg was born about 30 years ago, but it wasn't until 2012 that the American Society for Reproductive Medicine declared that egg freezing should no longer be considered experimental.That opened the door for more women to freeze their eggs, said Evelyn Mok-Lin, medical director of the UC-San Francisco Center for Reproductive Health. froze their eggs in 2015, up from 475 in 2009, according to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.UC-San Francisco started offering "elective" egg freezing soon afterward, and the number of women opting to freeze their eggs has since risen sharply, Mok-Lin said. And 155 births resulted from the fertilization of women's frozen eggs in 2014, up from 28 in 2009.Thawing the eggs and fertilizing and transferring an embryo could cost thousands more later on.A few Silicon Valley employers, including Facebook and Apple, cover egg freezing for their workers, but most employers and insurers do not.Necka Taylor, a nurse who attended the Beverly Hills soiree, said her first cycle of in vitro fertilization was unsuccessful, but she's hoping to try again.
Taylor, 32, said she has several friends who have had babies, and she knows she wants children herself.
Hagan, a lawyer, said she is single and still hopes to find someone with whom she can have children the old-fashioned way.
But she said it doesn't hurt to consider freezing her eggs as a backup.
"I just don't know when it's going to happen," she said.
"I knew I needed to take steps to have a healthy baby." Her friend Dominika Martinez, 35, said she had considered egg freezing in the past but it wasn't until she got married last year that she decided to freeze embryos with her husband.
Egg freezing gives women control over their reproductive health and fertility, and the medical risks are very low, said Mok-Lin.