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Egg freezing options improve for working women

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Women who are worried about their biological clock are freezing their eggs now more than ever before. One company is hoping to make the very expensive process more affordable.

EggBanxx said they are the only company doing it, and Thursday they introduced Chicago women to the world of egg freezing financing.

"My hope is that I’ll walk out of this building and knock into Mr. Right, but that probably won't happen," said Leahjane Lavin.

34-year-old Lavin is freezing her biological clock. She wants babies, but not right now.

"It’s not something that is really that important to me right now. My career is," said Lavin.

And she's not alone.

The centers for disease control reports that the number of women having their first child in their mid to late 30s is up at least 30% since the year 2000; and first time moms in their 40's have risen at least 40%.

For many moms-to-be, freezing eggs is a type of motherhood insurance policy, but it's an expensive one.

Enter EggBanxx, a national company announcing its expansion into Chicago.

At the hotel Monaco Thursday night, a new network of doctors got together and will now finance the freezing.

"All egg freezing procedures are elective and it can get expensive. The normal process is about 13,000 dollars, and so through EggBanxx you can finance that and get the prices down including mediation to about 250 dollars per month," said CEO Gina Bartasi.

Dr. Allison Rodgers of Fertility Centers of Illinois signed up as a provider.

"By the time women hit 40, they only have 3 percent of the eggs that they had originally,” said Dr. Rodgers. "I really hope that it will make this a lot more attainable and achievable for patients."

Lavin just got a 2 year financing package with EggBanxx.

"Maybe it's just not in my cards to be a mother, but that's the option that I have and now I don't have to worry about it ever again," added Lavin.

Dr. Rodgers recommends that patients consider freezing their eggs before they're 40.

For more information on freezing eggs, visit EggBanxx's website.

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