Thanks to science, if you have a uterus but are not ready to become a parent during the height of your fertility, you can freeze your eggs. For many people, freezing their eggs is a chance to preserve their ability to become pregnant in the future. Others freeze their eggs for medical reasons, be it treatments or operations that put fertility at risk, such as chemotherapy or a hysterectomy.

Egg-freezing is a physical, emotional and financial investment in a future family and comes with significant risks, as there's no guarantee of a live birth resulting from frozen eggs. The hormones may cause you to have mood swings and major bodily changes. While it's good to keep all of that in mind, the financial commitment is often the biggest hurdle for hopeful parents-to-be. The process is very costly in the United States, and most insurance plans don't cover the cost.

How much should you save up?

There are many steps involved in freezing eggs—each is usually