LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Egg-freezing soirees are offering women the chance to gather and learn about the ways in which they can push “stop” on their biological clocks.
As CBS2’s Sharon Tay reports, Aimee Eyvazzadeh, known as “The Egg Whisperer,” is the mastermind behind the so-called egg-freezing events.
“I said ‘How can I blend the two together? Get a group of women together that want to talk about fertility and have fun at the same time.’ That’s where the egg-freezing party came to be,” said Eyvazzadeh, a Bay Area fertility specialist.
But the soirees aren’t just up north as Eyvazzadeh held one of the soirees here in Westwood and talked about fertility during the 2 1/2 hour event.
Attendees included mainly single women between the ages of 21 and 40, some of whom have careers or who hadn’t met “Mr. Right” yet. Some fertility experts also attended the event.
“Egg-freezing isn’t anything new. It’s been around since the 1980s,” she said while lecturing. “Every woman runs out of eggs. It’s a different age for every woman.”
But fertility experts say egg preservation has improved dramatically due to new technology that allows eggs to be removed from the ovaries, frozen and stored until a woman is ready to have a child. Success varies depending on the woman’s age and medical history.
“I think the reason why we are talking about it more and more is because the success rates are better than they’ve ever been,” Eyvazzadeh said. “In the past, you used to quote people success rates of 2 percent per egg. It just isn’t like that anymore. 98 percent of eggs survive the freezing process.”
Even so, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine doesn’t endorse the elective egg-freezing process and says it raises false hope because there is no guarantee a woman will get pregnant.
After the party, many of the women, including 28-year-old Amanda, were undecided.
But, she says, it’s definitely an option.
“I’m still building my career and I’m building my home and my life,” Amanda said. “I do want to have children but I also feel I need a little more time. That’s why egg-freezing would hopefully be a good option for me because then when I’m ready to have children, I hopefully will be able to.”
Eyvazzadeh holds egg-freezing parties based on the demand and the event costs $20. Egg-freezing treatments themselves run into the thousands of dollars. The women who ultimately decide to freeze their eggs can choose to be treated by Eyvazzadeh or she will recommend another doctor.