When Apple and Facebook announced recently that they would pay for their employees to freeze their eggs should they choose the procedure — to the tune of $20,000 — the news was met with plenty of conflict.
Some heralded the move as a positive step for women in the workplace, who'd now be able to have more control over their fertility, especially as it related to their professional trajectories. Others, however, called it just a way to manipulate women into working insane hours indefinitely, with no work-life balance in the cards. Ever.
But diverse philosophies on the matter aside, there's another issue women considering their eggs should consider, one that often gets lost in discussions like this — and that's whether or not it actually works. A Wired piece points to what may be some pretty dismal math for women interested in pursuing this route.
The article points to the fact that neither the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists nor the American Society for Reproductive Medicine endorse the practice of egg freezing to put off childbearing. And more staggeringly, it calls out data showing that 77 percent of egg implantations for 30-year-old women fail. And for 40-year-old women, that figure soars to a bleak 91 percent. If those stats are to be believed, egg freezing's long-shot effectiveness ought to play a much bigger role in women's decision-making than a buzzy new employer benefit.Pregnant? Sign up for our pregnancy newsletters to give you the inside scoop, every step of the way. Plus, don't forget to like Everything Pregnancy to keep up with the very latest in pregnancy news.
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