D.C.-area egg freezing party encourages women to plan ahead
WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- D.C.'s newest party trend is the "Egg Freezing Party." No, it doesn't involve actually freezing your eggs at a party. It's a party to learn about fertility and discuss why egg freezing could be something women might want to consider.
Reproductive Endocrinologist Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh hosts parties like this all around the country. She says the goal is to give women knowledge they may not be learning elsewhere.
"It makes me sad when I see a patient in her forties and she looks at me surprised, like really? I can't get pregnant?" Eyvazzadeh said. "I'm like yeah, we only have 3 percent of our eggs by the time we're 40."
She hopes that by educating women at a younger age, they'll be able to make more informed decisions about planning for a family. She says the best age to freeze your eggs varies for every person. But to help figure out your best time, she suggests getting your fertility levels checked every few years in your twenties and then once a year from age thirty on. She says the cost of doing that is $175 out of pocket.
Egg freezing is a particularly hot topic right now, after Facebook and Apple announced they will cover the $10,000 procedure for their female employees. While it isn't a guarantee of pregnancy later on, egg freezing can allow some women to delay having children, giving them time to focus on their careers or to wait for the right time or partner.
"It relieves the pressure," 30-year-old Jackie Savage said.
"I've got to figure it out first before I make my own decisions but yeah, this could potentially be something that I explore," 26-year-old Simi Oberoi adds.
Dr. Aimee, who is nicknamed the "Egg Whisperer" by her patients, says she is not selling anything at the parties. She charges $20 per person to attend, but that goes entirely to a charity called RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. Instead, her goal is to inform women so they know what tools are available to help them in planning for children.
"I just feel like something greater is going to come out of this...a way for me to be able to educate women on a national level," she said.
And by taking the conversation out of the exam room, and into a social setting of women among their friends, she is hoping more women begin talking about their fertility and the options available right now.