Oct 16, 2015 11:21 PM
MANCHESTER - About 30 women crowded a room at a downtown Manchester restaurant for a happy hour of a different kind - fertility was the focus of this girls' night out.
Free fertility clinic parties like these are popping up all over the country. There is plenty of the typical food and drink bundled with plenty of advice on options for having a baby. Dr. Kristen Wright of IVF New England said the relaxed setting is the perfect learning environment.
"A lot of women are afraid to come to a doctor to talk about their fertility, but they're talking about it in bars and in other situations," said Wright. "So, this is a great way of you know bringing that education to the setting where women are more comfortable talking about these types of things."
According to Wright, fertility parties have become a sign of the times.
"We live in an age where a lot of women delay childbearing until points in their life where they're not as fertile. So, we're really just seeking to educate women."
Among the most popular options to delay pregnancy? Egg freezing.
"If you become pregnant at the age of 40, and you've frozen your eggs at the age of 30 those eggs have the fertility of 30 year-old eggs," said Wright.
But buying that extra time is not cheap. It can cost around $10,000 and about $500 to store the eggs every year.
For women who want children but aren't ready, though, fertility parties are a starting point to learn more about the road to motherhood in the modern world.
"It's definitely something that we see further down the road, but not quite at this point," said one woman attending the event.
Apple and Facebook have already jumped on the bandwagon. The companies offer it as an incentive for female employee to get on board before a baby does.
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