(HealthDay News) — Apple and Facebook will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs, making them the first major employers to offer this benefit for non-medical reasons.

Facebook recently began providing this coverage, and Apple will start in January, NBC News reported.

Egg freezing typically costs at least $10,000 for every round, plus $500 or more a year for storage.

“Having a high-powered career and children is still a very hard thing to do,” Brigitte Adams, an egg-freezing advocate, told NBC News. By offering this coverage, the two companies are investing in women and helping them create the lives they want, she added.

Health Highlights: Oct. 14, 2014