Family planning discussions can be a little intimidating. Here's how to take some of the stress out of it.
I know I'm destined to be someone's mom -- but who?
Consider this your ultimate guide.
About one in five women became pregnant after freezing their eggs, most of them conceiving naturally or through IVF.
It offers the chance to sequence our work and personal lives if we so choose.
Still, real concerns remain between the hype and hope about freezing eggs for a later pregnancy. Here are a few factors to consider:
Getting or staying pregnant is not easy for everyone -- for some, it can take time and money. While you might not be thinking of having kids right now, having a conversation with a physician about fertility while still in your early 30s could provide benefit later on.
“You don’t have to race the clock anymore.”
"Delayed child-bearing" is a term used to refer to women who wait until much later in life to have their first child. Unfortunately, for many career women who delay child-bearing, it is a hard slap in the face when receiving a diagnosis of infertility after they cannot conceive naturally later in life; I was one of those women.
Having the freedom to kick the proverbial can down the road is a freedom Nature doesn't afford women. If I'm the right age to cryopreserve and so many people I know say they want it, why am I the only woman I know with a box full of drugs in her living room?
Today's advances in medical treatment have helped more cancer survivors start or add to families. To optimize your results, work closely with your oncologist and consult a fertility specialist immediately - before treatment. That way, you can make the best decision for your health and your future family.
I want women to know to just freeze their eggs if they want to. And for younger women, take a minute when you're in your 20's or 30's and just freeze them if you think having kids later in life is important to you. Because life happens - and sometimes things you think will line up, don't.