Lisa*, 34, recently spent $10,000 for one cycle of egg-freezing
at the Valley Center for Reproductive Health in Sherman Oaks, CA, under the care of Dr. Melanie Landay
. While the price tag was daunting, she ultimately decided she couldn’t skimp on her chances for children. The total cost was less than she’d anticipated. “I happen to be okay in my business at the moment,” she says. “I didn’t have to take out a credit card, and it wasn’t like I had to choose between food or freezing my eggs. I’m even thinking about maybe doing it again.”
As an entrepreneur who runs an entertainment PR firm and an online jewelry business, Lisa, who is single, jokes she wants to build an empire. “I want to have kids, as well,” she says, more seriously. “I’m trying to set up a successful business now, so it can run itself a little bit more later on. I’m very driven, but I’m also maternal.”
If you look at it one way, Lisa may have made a good long-term investment. Census data
shows that women who wait until their late 30s or early 40s to have children earn more — about $7,500 per year — than women who have kids just a little bit sooner. The difference is especially pronounced in occupations that require higher levels of education. Women in management roles
who have pre-school aged children in their 40s can earn up to $15,000 more than their younger counterparts.