There is a lot to consider as you contemplate electively freezing your eggs. Consider these unique perspectives:
- “Imagine a world in which life isn’t dictated by a biological clock. If a 25-year-old banks her eggs and, at 35, is up for a huge promotion, she can go for it wholeheartedly without worrying about missing out on having a baby. She can also hold out for the man or woman of her dreams.” Bloomberg Businessweek, Later, Baby: Will Freezing Eggs Free Your Career?
- “As a woman, it is hard. Hard to look life in the eyes and put yourself first. I think we tend to give, give, give. We want to make sure everyone is happy and things are flowing smoothly. Therefore, recognizing that life was passing me by and things were not exactly as I had planned was hard to admit! Somewhere in 2014 I got real with myself. I realized it was my time to do what I wanted, even if that meant going through non-traditional routes! Egg freezing gives me the opportunity to hold onto my own self interests. I am realistic that the journey will not be perfect, but I do believe it will be better than not trying at all. And this is a better chance to be able to do things my way, as I continue to progress through the natural aging process.” – Radell Peischler, Shady Grove Fertility, Egg Freezing Patient
- “The problem wasn’t just that I wanted to find a life partner—something I’d always envisioned—it was that I felt I needed to find him immediately. Because, of course, the clock was ticking! Thirty was far from old, but I was forever doing the mental math: Even if I meet the right guy today, a couple of years of dating, plus an engagement period and a little time being married means I’ll be in my mid-30s by the time I even start trying to conceive… I worried that all this incessant worrying would cloud my judgment. I didn’t want to marry someone I wasn’t in love with just because my eggs were creeping toward their “past due” date.” – Ellen McCarthy, Washington Post Reporter
- I think [egg freezing coverage] is a fantastic idea, it’s something we at Virgin want to steal…and offer to our women. It’s interesting, someone said to me that they got criticism for freezing; and I thought what on earth, it’s the woman’s choice. If they want to continue working, they can continue working; if a woman hasn’t found the man of her dreams at 35-38, freeze the eggs, it makes sense. The earlier you can freeze them, the better. My daughter just had two wonderful twins from eggs and they wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the eggs.” – Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson with Sheryl Sandberg in an interview with Bloomberg Business
- As women, we rarely look deeply into our menstrual cycle to understand the mechanics of reproduction. We assume pregnancy will be easy to achieve, but the reality is that our eggs have a period of peak fertility potential in our late teens to late 20s, before beginning a slow decline in our early- to mid-30s. The decline becomes more pronounced after 35, making our fertility potential almost non-existent by the time we reach 40. Egg freezing provides another option for those who wish to extend their fertility potential beyond the optimal biological window. – Shady Grove Fertility Blog