The average age of first pregnancy has been on the rise for decades, but the fact remains that it’s easier to conceive and carry a baby to term at 24 than 44. So women who have finally reached a point of financial stability often find it’s too late to start a family the old-fashioned way—“one of the more annoying snags in the corporate casual pantyhose of feminism,” as Jezebel’s Tracie Egan Morrissey explains. She has assembled all the need-to-know info on egg freezing for those who’d like to keep their options open, advising that it’s important to think ahead—eggs harvested in a woman’s 20s are far more likely to take than those in her late 30s. The extraction procedure involves up to two weeks of medication and monitoring, and especially in younger women may result in (rarely fatal) ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. The biggest takeaway: a single pregnancy, with only one round of egg collection, will set you back up to $32,750, all costs considered. That’s a whole lot to set aside before even picking up your first romper at Babies “R” Us.
A play-by-play for ensuring you can get pregnant—when you want to.