Video: Egg freezing a way to delay pregnancy?

By Rehema Ellis Correspondent
NBC News
updated 10/19/2005 7:34:31 PM ET 2005-10-19T23:34:31

Nights out for 37-year-old Megan Griswold aren't so anxious anymore.

“It just inspired me to relax a little bit,” she says.

She's found a way to take the panic out of finding a partner to get pregnant with before she's too old. She just began her third session of egg harvesting.

It's pioneering technology — freezing a woman's eggs while she's young, so they can be fertilized later, whenever she's ready.

The science has changed Megan's whole outlook.

"It was just the idea of slowing things down,” Griswold says, “separating this desire to couple with someone from the notion of wanting to have children.”

Egg freezing was invented to help women with cancer preserve their ability to have children.  But Megan learned on the Internet about companies now marketing to healthy women in their 30s and 40s.

“We think this is for every woman who has a strong desire to have a family,” says Christy Jones of Extend Fertility.

But some doctors, like bioethicist David Magnus, strongly disagree. 

“Several of the ads on the web are very problematic and misleading,” he says.

While there are no reports of any health problems for the 100 babies born so far from frozen eggs, Magnus says the science is still too new. 

“What we don't know yet,” says Magnus, “is whether or not the children that are produced are going to be completely healthy and normal.”

What's more, one study shows at best the procedure has a one in 20 success rate. And it's expensive — about $12,000 to start and $400 a year to keep the eggs on ice.

But Megan Griswold doesn't care about the money. 

“I have some eggs living in a little egg hotel in Los Angeles,” Griswold says.

And she's looking forward to starting a family of her own — when she's ready.

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