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From Anchor Marla Tellez

I Froze My Eggs!

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It wasn’t an easy decision to make nor one that I made overnight, but freezing my eggs was liberating and empowering! And, according to a new study, many women can relate. 90% of women recently polled (in the UK and Denmark), with an average age of 31, say they would consider freezing their eggs in order to further their career or give them more time to find the perfect partner. For me, the decision was a combination of these two factors.

I first began considering the process in my early thirties. Single and with an appetite to work, I figured preserving my fertility would be a good option for me. But, after researching Egg Vitrification, the cost ($6,500 on the low end to $18,000 for 1 cycle) and process itself seemed daunting. So, I put the idea on the back burner. Fast forward several years to this past fall, now in my late 30s, and hearing the tick tock of my biological clock louder than ever, I decided it was now or never.

I officially embarked on this approximately two month journey in late October. One of the first steps was getting an ultrasound that looked at my ovaries, in which the doctor was able to count how many eggs I had naturally. This baseline ultrasound, officially called an “Antral Follicle Count,” is a wonderful tool in determining what doctors call “egg reserve,” and is recommended for any woman who is curious about their egg status. It’s painless and doesn’t require a woman to go through the entire egg freezing process so for any woman reading this, stressed about egg health, this ultrasound is a great option for you that won’t break the bank.

For the next several weeks, I maintained a strict diet: no gluten, no dairy, and no alcohol. This is recommended to reduce inflammation within the body and promote an overall healthier system. The trickiest part of the process, for me, was giving myself injections (morning and night) in my abdomen. The concoction of medications is designed to stimulate the ovaries and, therefore, produce more follicles (eggs). The self-induced injections lasted two weeks. And, then, on Christmas Eve, I went in for the actual egg retrieval, which is an out-patient procedure. Under “conscious sedation,” I didn’t feel a thing, and woke up to learn my doctor had retrieved more than two dozen eggs, 22 of which are now frozen and waiting for mama.

In hindsight, the biggest burden of the process was financial (depending on the fertility clinic, they may offer discounts/financial assistance), but worth every penny. Beyond this, the process was not nearly as overwhelming or uncomfortable (I had very little discomfort throughout) as I anticipated and I’m so relieved I did it. Now, I go about single life feeling much less pressure about becoming a mom and that weight lifted is monumental both personally and professionally. Besides, it’s pretty fascinating to know, a part of me is frozen in time.

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