The Complicated Truth About Egg Freezing

When Apple announced in October that they would join Facebook in covering egg freezing as part of their employee health care plans, it set off a national dialogue about the procedure.

Egg freezing is notoriously expensive, invasive and not always effective. But with more women waiting to have children until later in life, if the cost isn’t a dealbreaker (with the help of a payment plan or an employer’s assistance), it’s not surprising that it’s something many women are curious about.

Broadly decided to dig deeper into the subject, producing a 27-minute mini-doc on the subject for their series, “Ovary Action.” “We thought it was necessary to see if this is something that works or if women’s insecurities are just being marketed back at them,” Tracie Egan Morrisey, Broadly’s Editor-In-Chief, told The Huffington Post.

Throughout the episode, Morrisey speaks to women who have frozen their eggs and seem enthusiastic about their decision, and those who caution against marketing the procedure to the masses. But what really comes across in the episode, is that when it comes to egg freezing there aren’t any guarantees.

“What surprised me most was how egg freezing is presented in the media and through these third-party services as an ‘insurance policy,’ but it really isn’t,” said Morrisey. “With an insurance policy, you’re guaranteed to receive something, should you need to collect. Egg freezing is different. There are simply way too many variables that could derail the desired outcome, and so the efficacy rate is fairly low. If women have the money to do it, then sure, they should. But they shouldn’t expect that it’s their failsafe to having a family.”

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