San Francisco, CA – October 17, 2014 – Amidst a flurry of media coverage about new fertility benefits offered by two tech companies, Forbes met with Eldon Schriock, MD, a Pacific Fertility Center physician, to seek clarifications about egg freezing.
Facebook began offering egg freezing and storage as part of its benefits package earlier this year; Apple will begin in January of 2015. Both will cover up to $20,000 of egg-freezing costs, which insurance companies don’t typically cover for non-medical purposes. A single round of egg freezing costs about $10,000. Storage is an additional cost.
Dr. Schriock told Forbes that women may choose to freeze their eggs for several reasons, including career considerations, lack of a stable partnership, or imminent cancer treatment, which can destroy a woman’s eggs and fertility.