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Laci Texter is one of many women freezing her eggs for later in life. Her sole focus is currently her Manhattan-based marketing and public relations startup company, and she doesn't plan on having children for several years. But that doesn't mean she wants to lose out on the possibility completely.
"I can't wait to be a hands-on mother, but I know that time is not now. I don't want to leave things up to chance, so I'm buying peace of mind," Texter told Today.
More women are using technology to safeguard their fertility, but the chance to do so comes with a hefty price tag. The process costs $10,000 on average, and annual storage fees range from $300 to $1,000.
Ashley Ledbetter, an aspiring actress who gave up a successful sales job, has used money from her retirement fund to freeze her eggs. However, she views the expense as a worthy investment in her future.
"Having a baby is important to me," Ledbetter said to Today. "I can always make back the money. What I couldn't get back was the viability of my eggs."
Although the costs do add up, using frozen eggs can actually be less for women in their 40s trying to use fresh eggs. Forty-year-old women using eggs frozen at age 35 have a 62 percent chance of having a baby, with an average cost of $39,946. Women using "fresh" eggs at age 40 have a 42 percent chance, with an average cost of $55,060.
While more women are choosing to freeze their eggs, many more don't even consider the option, because they simply can't afford it.
"Women who don't have the money just don't do it," Joann Paley Galst, a New York City psychologist in private practice who specializes in fertility counseling, told Today. "If you can barely afford rent, you don't think of getting an elective surgery."