Video Fox News Flash top headlines for November 6 Sue Bird says she was one of many working women intimidated by the process of freezing their eggs, nearly paralyzed by the stigma so long associated with the decision.That changed in 2019 for the WNBA champion. At age 40, Bird decided it was time.“I always put it off and never got around to it,” Bird said in a phone interview. “It got to the point where even though I’m at the end of my career, I need to start thinking about planning and being in a relationship changes how you look at things like this. I had enough people around me, including my agent who had done it, that I wanted to do it.”CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMIt's coming up on a year since Bird froze her eggs, and she continues to be outspoken about it, even doing a video showing her procedure. She also was part of a push to have the procedure included in the WNBA's new Collective Bargaining Agreement.Bird said she spent a lot of time thinking about her future off the court over the past year. She got engaged to longtime girlfriend Megan Rapinoe last month and last year, while recovering from knee surgery, froze her eggs to eventually have a family.The WNBA's all-time assist leader and her Storm teammate Breanna Stewart became more comfortable with the decision after attending an informational meeting together last year at Seattle Reproductive Medicine, a fertility clinic. Stewart, 26, froze her eggs during the summer of 2019; Bird froze hers a few months later.According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, egg freezing typically works best for those in their 20s to early 30s, and is not usually recommended for women over 38 years. Egg quality deteriorates as women age and pregnancy rates are lower for women who freeze their eggs in their late 30 or early 40s.Bird and Stewart are among a half-dozen WNBA players who have frozen their eggs according to the players union. And it’s not just WNBA players who have done this. UFC champion Carla Esparaza also froze her eggs as well as U.S. boxer Christina Cruz.The Seattle clinic said it has seen a doubling over the past five years of the number of completed egg freezing attempts. That trend, according to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, is on par with what’s been going on across the nation.“It wasn’t too long ago that it seemed experimental to freeze someone’s eggs,” said Dr. Nichole M. Barker, who works at the Seattle Fertility clinic. “In 2012, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine lifted that off. That gave us the ability to do it clinically. That’s why you see the numbers going up.