Why Would a Woman Want to Freeze Her Eggs?

October 29, 2014 4:18 PM

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Why Would a Woman Want to Freeze Her Eggs?

Last week Facebook and Apple announced that they would now offer egg freezing as part of their health care benefit packages. The days that followed were abuzz with a flurry of commentary and news articles. Supporters touted egg freezing as the most important advancement in women's reproductive freedom since the oral contraceptive pill. Critics claimed that companies offering egg freezing were pressuring female employees to not have children while pursuing a career. In the midst of these articles, bloggers were posting their own opinions, further demonstrating the divide within our country surrounding the reproductive rights of women.

So what is egg freezing? Egg freezing is a technology in which mature eggs undergo a flash-freeze process called vitrification. Vitrification protects the egg by limiting ice crystal formation, therefore lessening damage to the egg and improving egg survival. This technology has resulted in pregnanc...

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