Egg freezing parties promote fertility options

(CBS) Egg freezing is a fertility technique that has been around for decades. But now, some clinics are using a posh way to help women take control of their family planning.

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At an upscale hotel in Beverly Hills, a group of women are sipping wine over a topic some consider taboo--fertility.

"It's stunning, I was totally taken aback, it's gorgeous such a luxury environment," says Eugenia Raynor.

Women like Eugenia Raynor are attending these free cocktail events to learn how to freeze their eggs or embryos to delay motherhood until the time is right.

"Now, that I'm 33 and I'm single, my timeline has all shifted and I don't know when I'm going to meet that person," Raynor says.

These egg-freezing parties target women in their early to mid-thirties when egg quality is ideal, giving women a better chance of getting pregnant later on.

"As women get older, above the age of 30, it becomes harder to become pregnant. In the mid to late 30s, it's even harder," says Dr. Lina Akopians.

Dr. Akopians says as egg-freezing has become more widely available in recent years, more women are choosing the procedure.

"We have had a five-fold increase in the number of patients across the U.S. that come in to do egg-freezing for elective reasons," she says.

Eugenia says the process is a little nerve-wracking but discussing options in an open setting put her at ease.

"It's fun... instead of a sterile medical environment," Raynor says.

She's grateful to have options so she can start a family when she's ready.

Egg freezing costs around seven to 10,000 dollars and hundreds more to store the eggs or embryos.