Career women in New York City are submitting themselves to hormonal treatments:
Fashionable New York professional women gathered at a first-of-its-kind “egg-freezing party” this week — where they sipped champagne while learning how to scientifically put off motherhood until they decide that they’re fully ready.
Dubbed “Let’s Chill,” the event was sponsored by a company called EggBanxx, which is cutting the cost of egg freezing and marketing it to young go-getters who want to be ready for kids later in life.
“I don’t have a significant other . . . but I hope to one day and have kids,” said attendee, Donna Kanze, 35, of Manhattan, who has a career in the technology sector. She’s already signed up for egg freezing.
“I want to take my fertility into my own hands, rather than put pressure on the person I have my next relationship with,” she said.
“I don’t want to be in the position when I’m in my late 30s and panicking because I haven’t found the right man and I’d compromise and take anyone off the street!”
Does she want to be in a position of having a baby alone at 50?
One day Donna Kanze will die, and before then she’ll get old, and a decline in fertility is a part of aging. With age her looks will fade, and so will her chances of finding an attractive partner. Cutting edge medicine and top of the line beauty products can help her retain her looks and fertility longer, but they can’t make them last forever, and sooner rather than later these New York professional women will find themselves running against the same biological clock. The time to panic is not 35, but 26.
I hear that single, professional, straight women outnumber men in NYC. These women made a choice to build their careers before starting families, and they built their careers in the most exiting place in the world. They are making a choice to continue to work and live there even though they know that their chances of pairing up in the City are not so good. If they hadn’t met anyone yet, what makes them think that they will in the next few years? If family is important to these women (as I suspect it is because they are shooting up hormones), they should try a different approach to finding love rather than buying up a little time to do more of the same.
Egg-freezing can temporarily relieve the angst, but it doesn’t eliminate the basic career versus family choice they are facing.
When EggBanxx’s marketing director Leahjane Lavin, 34, announced that she just underwent two cycles of egg freezing herself, the crowed whooped with approval.
“The pressure is off, and I feel so empowered,” she said of her feelings after she socked away her eggs for a later date. “I can now concentrate on my career and becoming who I want to be before having children!”
Refusing to face one’s own mortality does not a powerful woman make.