The Silicon Valley companies are now offering up to $20,000 (£12,600) to help their women employees undergo the egg-freezing process and allow them to focus on building their careers! The two firms appear to be the first major employers to offer this coverage for non-medical reasons.
But what is the real price to this? Of course, there is no guarantee that it will eventually lead to a pregnancy. This 183 patients survey reported that overall, only 20% reported a successful conception after oocyte cryopreservation…
Sources and more information:
- What Apple and Facebook Don’t Know About Egg Freezing, pbs, October 15, 2014.
- I didn’t freeze my eggs because my body is not a farm, and I am not a source of harvest, The Independent, 16 October 2014.
- Apple and Facebook will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs, The Telegraph, 14 Oct 2014.
- Perk Up: Facebook and Apple Now Pay for Women to Freeze Eggs, NBC News, October 14th 2014.
- Egg Freezing as a Work Benefit? Some Women See Darker Message, NYTimes, OCT. 14, 2014.
- Using Egg Freezing to Extend the Biological Clock: Fertility Insurance or False Hope?, law.harvard.edu, 2014.08.
- What do reproductive-age women who undergo oocyte cryopreservation think about the process as a means to preserve fertility?, Fertility and Sterility, November 2013.