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Egg Freezing And The Future Of Reproduction

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Women are increasingly opting to freeze their eggs, especially as more companies offer it as a benefit. But those who are among the early adopters see a big opportunity to improve the experience for the next generation. Kristina Simmons, a chief of staff and investor at Khosla Ventures, is one of many women who decided to freeze her eggs. Thousands of women do this every year, for a variety of reasons: Because they don't want kids now but worry that their eggs will no longer be viable when they decide to try, because they haven't met the right partner yet, to hedge against the possibility of health problems later on or for other reasons. But Simmons stands out among her peers: She's one of a few women who are investing in start-ups that aim to solve many of the biggest problems with egg freezing today. In going through the process herself, Simmons saw a lot of room for improvement. For many women, especially those who aren't covered at all or only partially by insurance, it costs thousands of dollars out-of-pocket. And it's also a very involved process that requires hormone injections and regular blood draws at the clinic. In a bid to change that, Simmons, who's in her early thirties, has invested in a couple of start-ups in the space. Overture, a biotechnology start-up that is also backed by Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, aims to use technology to make the egg freezing process more affordable and accessible. Higia, a wearable that can be placed beneath a bra to detect breast cancer early and is also moving into fertility-tracking, which might help women figure out if and when they should look into egg freezing. Simmons said she's currently in talks to invest a handful of other companies, also related to egg freezing and women's health more broadly. "I'm passionate about rethinking this for women altogether," she said. The number of women opting to freeze their eggs has skyrocketed since 2012, when the American Society of Reproductive Medicine stopped classifying it as an experimental procedure. In 2009, only 500 women underwent egg freezing cycles, but in 2016, there were 9,000. That's the most recently available data, but that number is expected to be far higher today given the bump in insurance coverage for egg freezing. As a result, U.S. fertility clinics generated close to $2 billion in revenue in 2017, and they're popping up across the country. » Subscribe to CNBC: http://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBC About CNBC: From 'Wall Street' to 'Main Street' to award winning original documentaries and Reality TV series, CNBC has you covered. Experience special sneak peeks of your favorite shows, exclusive video and more. Connect with CNBC News Online Get the latest news: http://www.cnbc.com/ Follow CNBC on LinkedIn: https://cnb.cx/LinkedInCNBC Follow CNBC News on Facebook: http://cnb.cx/LikeCNBC Follow CNBC News on Twitter: http://cnb.cx/FollowCNBC Follow CNBC News on Google+: http://cnb.cx/PlusCNBC Follow CNBC News on Instagram: http://cnb.cx/InstagramCNBC #CNBC Egg Freezing And The Future Of Reproduction
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Thot Slayer (21 days ago)
Ah yes, these dried up old career women thinking men are actually gonna want to start a family with them once they’re over 40 and stretched out like a roastie from all the partying they did in their 20s. They can thank feminism when they find out they’ll have to settle for raising cats instead of children 😂🤣😂
Misty Morgan (20 days ago)
Bring on the cats
Abhishek Dev (1 month ago)
They inject the eggs to pull them out and then they call it a normal process. 😑
Abhishek Dev (1 month ago)
Good luck raising a 10 year old at the age of 50.
AntonioR Software (1 month ago)
Kids should be raised by their parents, not their "grandparents". One of the biggest "complaints" I always had about my parents is how old they are. Dad was 39, mom 35 when I was born. We are almost two generations apart and grew up in very different worlds. I think if I was born 10-15 years earlier, we would be closer and have more similar interests and world views. There is also the issue of old grandparents. My grandparents also had my father when they were around 40, so they were already 80 and soon died, so I never had the chance to know them.
Arunava chakraborty (1 month ago)
Get a hasband before 30...girl..ur life so beautiful with a guy.. believe me or not
Pebos (1 month ago)
Thought this was about chickens initially
J O (1 month ago)
Who gonna marry 50 year old women who hit the wall and look like banshee.
Abhishek Dev (21 days ago)
+Thot Slayer 😂
Thot Slayer (21 days ago)
Abhishek Dev they’re gonna try getting their cats pregnant 🤣
Abhishek Dev (1 month ago)
Women aren't aware of the term "hitting the wall" they just hit the wall and complain "where are the good men?"
Lolarose (1 month ago)
Is there a permanent sterilization pill I can take?
Rachelle Blan (21 days ago)
No but you can get your tubes tied
Abhishek Dev (1 month ago)
Just get your uterus removed.
sharat gupta (1 month ago)
In US. Everything is just about moolah and dough
Norah Ismail (1 month ago)
so wrong
coolbuddydude1 (1 month ago)
Who wants to have a kid with an old lady ?
Abhishek Dev (21 days ago)
+Thot Slayer and in future will produce children that will cause nuisance.
Thot Slayer (21 days ago)
Abhishek Dev let the idiots waste their money 🙂
Abhishek Dev (1 month ago)
And more importantly how would she raise a 10 year old in her 50s and a teenager in her 60s.
bbalila (1 month ago)
I have one & one is more than enough. 1 rich is batter then 5 poor kids. He wold be loaded by his 20s. Already 14year, & he has traveled 100+ time and 20+ countries. On other hand my sister with 4 kids (Doctor Husband) able to travel once after few years.
Claxiux (1 month ago)
All I heard was “wemen, wemen, wemen”
Blackhawk Appache (1 month ago)
Ever year it gets closer to "Brave New World" status.
Misty Morgan (1 month ago)
How about you don't "spike" my birth control, thanks. How about we make sterilization cheaper while we're at it.
Vipps Millennial (1 month ago)
😂😂😂and here I was wondering this was about reducing the electric bill with my refrigerator!
Misty Morgan (1 month ago)
30 years old and still don't want biological parasites.
Thot Slayer (21 days ago)
No ones asking you to spread your genes.
Abhishek Dev (1 month ago)
If children were parasites then human beings and mammals would not have evolved in such a way. Children carry forward your genes, parasites finish you.
kurihai (1 month ago)
What moron would argue against the employee benefit of egg freezing. This is first and foremost a freedom for the woman that wants to advance her career and have children later. A right men are afforded by default. When statistics point to disporportionate child rearing responsibilities between sexes as the single hugest wage gap driver this is a massive field leveler.
Abhishek Dev (1 month ago)
Yeah have children later..... i.e. raise a teenager in your 60s. When you would go to pick up your kid at school I bet kids would think you are his/her grandmother.
Mallow Nectar Smoker (1 month ago)
kale spinach organic roll wraps sound good with borage flax oil added to ginseng maca paste fillers got the organic roll wrap with 2 in 1 oils to go with paste fillers
Commando Master (1 month ago)
Ai and genetics are the future.
jrukawa11 (1 month ago)
mike mosc (1 month ago)
What hapoened to the college video.
JoeBlow (6 days ago)
i thought people smarted up by now. college is a scam.
Julio Iglesias (1 month ago)
Am not against it but i just feel like something isn't right and just imagining the fact that i am frozen before i was even a fetus is just haunting am sorry if i offend anyone but that my opinion on this
Mad Scientist (1 month ago)
watch prometheus, I understand where ur coming from but...eventually if you take the importance away from your creation, or even just creation of humanity, and rather see yourself as who you are and you create your own merit, it's actually would be an amazing thing to ensure more controls in peoples lives
Inconceivable Disputes (1 month ago)
God, I hope artificial wombs become a thing.
Abhishek Dev (1 month ago)
It will...very soon and it will not bring happiness and fulfillment for women. More men will go red pill and women will loose the last card that they have. "I am the mother of your children" card.
Ahmed Teaima (1 month ago)
Why would a woman want to have a baby in her 40s? Having a baby is a responsibility not a game! In 40s, no one will be healthy enough to handle such a tough job.
Thot Slayer (21 days ago)
Moon Maiden you did the right thing 🙂
Thot Slayer (21 days ago)
AntonioR Software yeah I’m 26 right now and my dad is 62 and getting ready for retirement. I’m the only child so the burden of taking care of the family is already starting to pile up on my shoulders 😥
AntonioR Software (1 month ago)
+kurihai By the time that kid turns 20, the parent is already 60+ and the kid has to start worrying about them even before starting their own family. Then if the kid also has their kids after 40, they will lose the benefit of grandparents, since they will already be 80+ and may not be able to help. You can easily end up with full time responsibility for your new kid and your old parents too.
Moon Maiden (1 month ago)
I gave birth to my son when I was 19 and got flack for it and still do but I’m so happy I did it early. My body bounced back fully and I look as if I never had a child, and I have all the energy in the world chase him around in my 20s. Oh and not to mention, he has grandparents and great grandparents still alive. It’s pretty neat. I’ll be child free by 36, the time where most women are getting pregnant. Then maybe I’ll travel, who knows 😋
Стас Стас (1 month ago)
+kurihai I think best age for first child 18-24 years old because the parents have best health and grandparents about 45 years old and they can help with money and great grand mothers about 65-69 so they can be with child when parents in college or job.
Sayan guria (1 month ago)
Judging by title I thought it was about poultry industry (I didn't notice the 'reproduction')
sagar basnet (1 month ago)
fake modern world
B J (1 month ago)
rich people 😂
A Bell (1 month ago)
This could be big! This means while global population declines this woman egg breakthrough could make woman who would be have Infertile eggs at age 45-80 now have fertile eggs. Man can freeze their sperm for a couple years and have a kid with some special girl who has a Fertile egg. So if I’m 45 and my wife’s 45 and none of us could have babies, no problem just unfreeze her ovaries and unfreeze my sperm do some surgical stuff and a couple months later ya got urself a baby when you probably couldn’t have one otherwise.
A Bell (1 month ago)
This could increase future populations.
Ion Bulgar (1 month ago)
I want a baby boy
X Zhang (12 days ago)
Best of luck
Harshh Gupta (1 month ago)
I thought that they were talking about chicken eggs
Evariste Galois (1 month ago)
Weird flex...
Rhodesian Wojak (1 month ago)
Michael Josias (1 month ago)
"i prefer to make children the old fashioned way" -Peter Quill
G Watsittoyaa (1 month ago)
Men can also do the same with their sperm , anything that grows a population is good
Thot Slayer (21 days ago)
But men get money for it. Women lose money on it 🤣
Zxcv Qwerty (1 month ago)
Qwerty (1 month ago)
+Omar T lol
Omar T (1 month ago)