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An ‘expensive lottery ticket’: Freezing eggs offers women hope, but not everyone wins
NBC News

Dr. Emily Goulet decided to freeze her eggs just before she turned 34. Goulet, a Dallas infertility specialist, now 37, knew that the chances of getting pregnant start to decline when women hit their mid- to late-30s, and she wanted to increase her odds of giving birth to a child of her own before it was too late.

So she froze some eggs, with plans to freeze more later. But then she saw patients around the same age struggling to conceive — even after numerous rounds of in vitro fertilization — and the reality of how difficult it can be to get pregnant hit her hard. Though she had yet to meet a partner, Goulet decided to fast-forward her plans and start IVF when she turned 35.

While IVF does not always result in pregnancy, Goulet hoped her age and good health would work in her favor. Still, she was cautious; in consultations with patients, she makes clear that egg freezing is not an insurance policy for fertility — and she did not think of her own frozen eggs as a guarantee to having a baby.