No doubt the move from Google and Facebook to offer coverage for employee egg freezing (a procedure known medically as “oocyte cryopreservation”) got a ton of media attention this week. The coverage is meant to cover egg freezing only, a process that can cost upwards of $12,000 with additional costs for storage and fertility drugs, embryo implantation, and additional freezing procedures if needed.
With so much controversy surrounding the empowerment and free choice of women working for in the high tech industry—the egg freezing process and health concerns surrounding the extraction and preservation of eggs was somewhat lost.
This article is not meant to add fuel to the controversy surrounding women’s rights—it’s meant to provide a clear picture of the egg freezing procedure, as well as the reasons, associated risks and side effects, and success rate of oocyte cryopreservation…
1. The Reasoning Behind Egg Freezing
While women at Facebook and Google may want to freeze their eggs in order to put off having a family now to focus on their careers, woman choose oocyte cryopreservation for many reasons. For instance, a cancer diagnosis may call for radiation, chemo, and surgery, hindering a woman’s family planning in the present.