Womens Health

Apple, Facebook Offer To Pay For Female Staff To Freeze Eggs

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Facebook and Apple plan to help female employees put off starting a family by paying for the freezing and storage of their eggs.

In an effort to attract more females to the industry and promote diversity, the companies could pay up to $20,000 for the procedure and storage costs, according to Sky News.

Apple "cares deeply about our employees and their families, and we are always looking at new ways our health programs can meet their needs,” the company said in a statement.

"We continue to expand our benefits for women, with a new extended maternity leave policy, along with cryopreservation and egg storage as part of our extensive support for infertility treatment,” Apple added. "We also offer an adoption assistance program, where Apple reimburses eligible expenses associated with the legal adoption of a child."

"Anything that gives women more control over the timing of fertility is going to be helpful to professional women,” Shelley Correll, a sociology professor and director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, told Sky. "It potentially addresses the conflicts between the biological clock and the clockwork of women's careers."

But as experts point out egg freezing is a relatively new procedure and there is no way of knowing if it will be successful.

"It's really, really important for women to know it's not a guarantee of motherhood,” said Corey Whelan, of the American Fertility Association. "Some women consider it an iron-clad insurance policy. It's not."

Sources: The Guardian, Sky News

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