One woman shares her story about making the decision to freeze her eggs.
For Jane* egg freezing had been on her radar for awhile, but it was just never the right time. Whatever reason for considering egg freezing, one thing is for sure, we need to talk about it more and know what options are out there.
"I had been thinking about freezing my eggs for a number of years, but started to seriously consider it when I was 34 years old.
"I did a lot of research on different fertility clinic websites and also scientific papers to understand the pros and cons of egg freezing and so I had a realistic expectation on the number of eggs and cycles required.
"At the time I decided not to proceed. I thought I'd find a partner and realised I wasn't emotionally ready and had some work commitments I wanted to see through, too. At this time I also discovered that only about 10 per cent of women return to use their frozen eggs.
"Then when I turned 37 I knew that if I didn't freeze my eggs then, there was little value doing it later in terms of egg quality.
"Also, I had decided that I wanted to give myself the best opportunity possible to have more than one child.
"I discussed it with my family and a number of friends had undergone IVF and also egg freezing, which gave me more understanding of the process and helped manage my expectations.
"While everyone was supportive of my decision, my family thought I should focus on having my first baby rather than freezing my eggs for my last child in my 40s.
"It's so critical that as a society we have an open discussion about egg freezing because it's important for women understand the risks and benefits, and more importantly to manage expectations.
"One thing to remember is that it's not the solution to extending fertility and delaying having a child. In reality the egg freezing process is just one step - each egg doesn't automatically lead to baby. So many other factors come into play from the egg surviving the thawing process, the quality of the egg and sperm etc. It's more like you have bought yourself a raffle ticket in the draw for a baby.
"The process is completely privately funded, and will cost anywhere from $7K to $10K per cycle plus yearly storage fees. Also, depending on your age most women will require more than one cycle to have adequate number of frozen eggs."
*Not real name. For privacy reasons the case study has chosen to remain anonymous
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