Few Women have coverage for egg freezing

Washington, DC, United States (KaiserHealth) – As some companies add egg freezing to their list of fertility benefits, they’re touting the coverage as a family-friendly perk. Women’s health advocates say they welcome any expansion of fertility coverage. But they say that the much-publicized changes at a few high-profile companies like Facebook and Apple are still relatively rare, even for women with serious illnesses like cancer who want to preserve their fertility.

News stories about company-paid egg freezing for female employees have focused on whether the benefit truly gives women and men more options for balancing work and family life or instead sends a message that they’re expected to put off having a family if they want to get ahead on the job.

But that is not the main concern for some women who, because of illness or age, are worried that time is running out for them to have children. After their mid 30s , women can still carry a pregnancy but their eggs are less viable. Egg freezing allows women to extend their fertile years.

“I’ve never met anyone who fits the mold of the stereotypical egg freezer who’s career mad and waiting for Mr. Right,” says Brigitte Adams, 42, who became the face of oocyte cryopreservation , as egg freezing is called, when Bloomberg BusinessWeek put her on its cover for a story on the subject last spring. “A lot of women will tell you, ‘I didn’t expect to be here. I just want the possibility of having a child.'”

Adams is one of those women. Divorced in her mid 30s , she froze her eggs three years ago, paying for the $12,000 egg retrieval procedure with personal savings and help from her parents. Adams pays $300 annually to st… MORE

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