Celebs such as Chrishelle Stause, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Mindy Kaling, and Kourtney Kardashian have all been outspoken about freezing their eggs in recent years — and it turns out they’re onto something.

Egg freezing has become an increasingly popular option for many people as they decide to delay having kids for a variety of reasons, including lack of a partner, wanting to focus on their career, or not being ready to take on the financial burden of raising children right now. In fact, the number of total egg-freezing cycles in the U.S. has gone up by more than 104 percent since 2009, according to a report from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.

If you’ve ever looked into freezing your own eggs, you know that it can be quite a confusing process. (It takes how long — and costs that much?!) Here’s a useful primer guide that breaks things down for you.

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