SOHO, Manhattan (PIX11) -- Fertility company Egg Banxx recently hosted a cocktail party with a twist. In a trendy SoHo hotel and between sips of champagne women discussed their fertility futures and egg freezing.
“You better believe it,” said Leah Jane Lavin a marketing executive with Egg Banxx. “Why can plastic surgeons have botox parties, and we can’t have egg freezing parties?”
In swanky setting, women connected with local doctors and some even left at the end of the night with coupons or a plan to finance freezing their eggs.
Lavin doesn’t just throw a popular party, she too is betting on the technology. “I froze my eggs at 34,” she said. “Whenever I’m ready those eggs will always be 34, no matter if I am 40, 42, they will always be 34.”
The road to a healthy baby begins in part with a healthy egg. But as women age past their fertility peak in their early thirties, the quality and quantity of their eggs begins to decline. But that biology often contradicts with reality for many women.
“We know in America the birth rate is at an all-time low,” explains Dr. Nicole Noyes, a reproductive specialist at NYU’s Fertility Center. “The only groups that are having a birth rate rise are 35-40 and 40–44."
While some women may try to press pause on the biological clock by freezing their eggs, one round alone can cost $13,000. Beauty expert Tai Beauchamp thought it was well worth the investment.
Beauchamp is smart, stunning and built a dream career as a magazine editor and celebrity style expert. After a broken wedding engagement and a fibroid diagnosis, Beauchamp was in her mid-30s, single, and decided to focus on what was really important to her. She recently froze her eggs.
Beauchamp told PIX11, “I have always wanted to be a mother I feel that motherhood is something that is a beautiful thing but even more I feel it is something that is meant for me. So if I can preserve that, my own fertility I just knew that it was the right thing for me to do.”
Now she’s taking her time finding Mr. Right, and sharing a lesson with other young women, “your journey is your journey, this may not be the route for you, I am fine with that,” Beauchamp said. “But you need to have the information and be equipped with the information to make the decision that is right for you.”