More Young Women Freezing Their Eggs

Shirin Rajaee, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Anchor/Reporter, shirin.rajaee@keyt.com
POSTED: 05:37 AM PST Dec 24, 2013    UPDATED: 10:04 AM PDT Sep 26, 2013 
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Fertility experts across the country say more and more young, healthy women are choosing to put their eggs on ice, hoping to preserve fertility for the future. 

Egg freezing has gone mainstream and is no longer labeled experimental. Many credit new technology for the spike in numbers. Data suggest the procedure is safe, with little to no side effects depending on the patient and how closely the physician monitors progress of procedure prior to extracting eggs. 

The process takes about a month, and costs roughly $5,000 to $10,000. While it varies depending on the woman, doctors aim at extracting about 10-15 eggs for better chances of success. Such extraction fairly new, with only a few thousand babies born from frozen eggs worldwide.