Facebook, Apple Will Pay for Female Employees to Freeze Eggs

The Silicon Valley behemoths are offering coverage for female employees to freeze their eggs

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Facebook and Apple have decided to cover female employees for their egg freezing.

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The social media giant has already began covering employees for non-medical reasons while Apple will start at the beginning of next year, NBC News reported. The companies covering these reproductive expenses will save women workers thousands of dollars: typical egg freezing totals around $10,000 per round plus hundreds more for annual storage.

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“Having a high-powered career and children is still a very hard thing to do,” Brigitte Adams, an egg-freezing advocate and founder of Eggsurance.com told NBC News. “By offering this benefit, companies are investing in women, she said, and supporting them in carving out the lives they want.

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The coverage decision is thought to be a play by both companies to attract top female talent. Apple will classify the coverage under its fertility benefit; Facebook under its surrogacy benefit.