Women's most fertile years are in their young 20s (between the ages of 20 and 24) when a growing number of women have priorities other than child-rearing. By age 30, fertility drops somewhat. After 35, it begins to dramatically decline, and at age 40 only 40% of women will be able to conceive naturally if they wish to do so. And that's where egg freezing parties come in.
At one such party in Arizona, "women snacked on flatbreads, cheesesteak, eggrolls, and lollipop chicken wings as they learned how to extend their fertility through egg freezing," The Arizona Republic writes. (To be perfectly clear, unlike Botox parties and things of that nature, egg freezing parties do not involve actually freezing eggs, but educating women about the infertility procedures.) Right now, egg freezing parties are sweeping the nation, with attendance varying from just 11 guests up to 200. Restaurants and spas are some of the most popular venues. At these parties, healthcare or fertility professionals will explain the process -- which essentially involves stimulating egg production with hormones, freezing them, and then unfreezing them at a more opportune moment -- and challenge women to answer questions and play trivia games about fertility.
While it may seem like an unusual trend, many consider it vitally important -- even necessary. Up until recently, there has been a general lack of education about fertility and the effect of age on becoming pregnant. The vast majority of sex education focuses on avoiding pregnancy, not making it happen when the time is right. Healthcare professionals and infertility specialities are actively participating in these parties and encouraging their spread, hoping to help more women take control of their fertility and strike a balance between their careers and parenthood.