If you’re like me, you’ve probably rented a storage space at one time or another. Perhaps you needed to store items while moving from one home to another, perhaps you had run out of space for your treasured possessions, or perhaps you were storing things that you didn’t need right away, such as a batch of your eggs.
A growing number of women around the world are having their eggs frozen and stored, so they can give birth whenever they are ready to do so, allowing them to ignore the “tick, tick, tick” from the biological clock and perhaps even the “quick, quick, quick” from the mother-in-law.
If you are considering freezing your eggs, you will be glad to know that I have done enough research to answer your questions with more expertise than some of the world’s most educated and forward-thinking primates.
Question: I’m thinking of freezing my eggs because I do not have a partner. Is that a good reason?
Answer: Freezing your eggs is a personal decision and there are many good reasons to do it. If you are in your 20s or 30s, you may not be ready to have a child for various reasons, including health, career and marital status, but your egg count and egg quality are at their peak. Just imagine how many responses you will get when you place an ad that says: “High-achieving woman in her 40s looking for a partner. I’ve got a good career, lots of great hobbies and plenty of frozen eggs. Willing to defrost them all for the right person.”
Q: How many eggs should I freeze? If I freeze a dozen, will they fit perfectly into an egg carton?
A: The older you are, the more eggs you’ll need to save. If you are under 35, you need to freeze 15 eggs to have an 85 percent chance of having a baby. If you are 38, freezing 15 eggs will give you a 60 percent chance. If you are over 40, you’ll need to hire Sal Khan to do the math.
Q: Is it true that many women are traveling outside their home countries to get their eggs frozen?
A: Yes, many Americans and other westerners are traveling abroad to save money. Some are combining tourism with egg freezing, going to countries like Mexico, Spain, Greece, and Canada, and thoroughly enjoying their eggs-perience. You have to pick the right season, though. Just ask Julia Davis of Sacramento, California. She and her best friend traveled to Canada last December and managed to get their eggs and butts frozen at the same time.
Q: How much can I save by going to another country to have my eggs frozen?
A: It depends on where you live. In India, you will find some great deals inside the country and probably won’t need to travel, unless you want to take your eggs on some sight-seeing. If you live in America, traveling to another country will probably save you enough money to get a lifetime Netflix subscription for each of your eggs.