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Fertility startup Carrot raises $3.6 million to make IVF and egg-freezing more affordable

Fertility startup Carrot raises $3.6 million to make IVF and egg-freezing more affordable
From TechCrunch - September 14, 2017

Two years ago, at the age of 34, Tammy Sun decided to freeze her eggs. Though larger tech companies like Apple and Facebook had started offering this service as a perk to retain female talent, it was not something Evernote, whom Sun worked for at the time, provided.

So several shots, doctors visits and $30,000 out of her own pocket later she got the idea to make the process easier and more affordable through tech employers not currently offering fertility coverage.

Thus began Carrot, a startup out of Y Combinator working with employers to offer fertility care like egg-freezing and in vitro fertilization (IVF) as a workplace benefit.

These types of offerings have been criticized for supposedly forcing women to postpone their family in favor of putting their employer first.

While its not uncommon for some women to drop out of the workforce to raise a family, or even cut back on hours, many womenincluding myselffind the argument that egg freezing equals employer over family hollow.There are plenty of mothers in the workforce and more modern child-rearing responsibilities dont sit squarely on just the partner bearing the children.

Others argue the perk offers false hope to women in their mid-thirties likely to go through egg-freezing. A handful of women Ive spoken to interested in fertility treatments have brushed off these arguments, saying they discount what they, themselves want.

Whatever the arguments for or against these benefits, tech recruiters like Gustos head of HR, Katie Evans-Reber attest to their importance in bringing in new talent.

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