Egg Freezing as an Employee Benefit? Gynecologists Have Mixed Views

Mary Beth Nierengarten

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November 24, 2014

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With a typical price tag of at least $10,000 for every cycle of egg freezing, an additional $500 or more to store the eggs yearly, and a cost of about $5000 each time the eggs are thawed, fertilized, and transferred via in vitro fertilization (IVF),[3] egg freezing remains prohibitive for many women.

Apple and Facebook are now offering each employee up to $20,000 for oocyte preservation. Facebook began offering this benefit under its surrogacy benefit this year, and Apple will pick up this tab beginning in January 2015. The inclusion of egg freezing in their benefit packages can be seen as expanding already generous, or at least progressive, benefits for women and families. Facebook, for example, also offers a $4000 cash bonus for new parents, and Apple has an 18-week paid maternity leave.

For Dr Hirshfeld-Cytron, these benefits are not just about offering to cover the cost of egg freezing but about covering fertility services altogether.

"Given that they [Apple and Facebook] cover all services, I do believe they are empowering women to choose when the best time is to have children," she said.

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