The pandemic has dramatically shifted women’s reproductive plans—and dimmed hopes for some of ever having a child, The Guardian reports.
- The shuttered fertility industry—no open IVF clinics, no traveling abroad for treatments—is just starting to reopen.
- For single people planning for a family, the difficulty of meeting someone under lockdown adds an extra layer of stress.
- And for those who can afford it—about $15,000 out of pocket per cycle—egg freezing has been a port in the storm. New York University’s Langone Fertility Center has seen a 41% increase compared with the same time period last year, The Lily reports.
The Quote: “You know, as women, our bodies don’t wait for us,” said 29-year-old Caroline Lunny, a former Bachelor contestant. “Freezing my eggs has given me the gift of time.”