Wannabe G'parents Pay Egg-Freeze $$
If you're like most Boomers, your desire to have grandchildren is pretty strong. But would you go so far as to fork over a substantial amount of money so your childless 30-something daughter could have her eggs frozen for future use? An article is the New York Times on May 14th reports that plenty of people are doing exactly that.
The NYT quotes Dr. William Schoolcraft, the founder and medical director of the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine as saying, “I see these patients come in, and they’re with two elderly people, and I’m like, ‘What the hey?’ ”
The two, ahem, "elderly people" in tow turn out to be the younger women's parents who are literally banking on frozen eggs to give them grandchildren if their daughters put off marriage and/or childbearing until their ovaries are on the downhill side of peak fertility. Also, egg-freezing can be insurance for young women about to undergo treatments for cancer.
Now for the sticker shock. The procedure typically costs in the neighborhood of $8,000 to $18,000. Oh, and there are no guarantees that it will work. But older couples yearning for grandchildren think of this as a gift of love for all generations concerned. If you'd like to consider the egg-frezzing option for your own family, check out these blogs on the subject: RetrieveFreezeRelax.comand Eggsurance.com