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Freezing Eggs

Would You Freeze Your Eggs?

I can't wait for 2011, so we can stop celebrating the pill's 50th birthday. She's like that friend who parties all month long, except in this case it's a year. The world's largest manufacturer of off-brand pills threw it a party, we learned some history, and Fit tested our knowledge, so now it's time to for the backlash. So let's talk about the one side effect you can't feel: infertility.

To be fair, this is true for any working form of birth control, but if the pill wants to be women's savior with the I-changed-women's-lives angle, then it will inevitably be our foe. Of course, it doesn't cause infertility per se, but it does allow women to delay pregnancy as long as they'd like, only to find they're old enough to have fertility problems once off it. Pregnancy scares have become infertility anxiety, and for the first time in decades, the average birth-giving age is declining instead of rising.

But there's another burgeoning industry riding infertility medicine's coattails, and it's the business of freezing eggs. The technology has improved drastically in the last five years and its cost is becoming less prohibitive, so it's expected to be a viable option soon. If money weren't an issue, would you freeze yours?

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amber512 amber512 5 years
My husband and I have been trying for almost four years. I have never been on the Pill. I don't have a need to freeze my eggs as I want them to work NOW!
karlotta karlotta 5 years
The big deal is that suddenly getting pregnant becomes a decision, and women like me, 33 years old, starting a new career in a new country, may continue to delay having kids until the point of no return. It's just fact - when is a good time to have kids? When do you think "I have financial security and tons of time in the next 5 years to raise a kid"? Never. So for people who wish for kids in the future but don't feel ready just yet, pushing back the deadline over and over again may actually make them find themselves facing infertility issues. It's not an anti-choice article; I think it's pretty pertinent, and I totally recognize myself in it.This said, the reason why I don't freeze my eggs is that the medical procedure sounds really complicated - it's not like ejaculating in a cup. Otherwise I'd have done it long ago!
karlotta karlotta 5 years
The big deal is that suddenly getting pregnant becomes a decision, and women like me, 33 years old, starting a new career in a new country, may continue to delay having kids until the point of no return. It's just fact - when is a good time to have kids? When do you think "I have financial security and tons of time in the next 5 years to raise a kid"? Never. So for people who wish for kids in the future but don't feel ready just yet, pushing back the deadline over and over again may actually make them find themselves facing infertility issues. It's not an anti-choice article; I think it's pretty pertinent, and I totally recognize myself in it. This said, the reason why I don't freeze my eggs is that the medical procedure sounds really complicated - it's not like ejaculating in a cup. Otherwise I'd have done it long ago!
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 5 years
This is an incredibly obnoxious post - an unexpected anti-choice bit of ridiculousness that only serves to make the Pill the reason why women are infertile - which is absolutely untrue.Yes, the Pill exists to prevent pregnancy. And it works. So when you take it, gasp, you're NOT pregnant! What's the big deal?
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 5 years
This is an incredibly obnoxious post - an unexpected anti-choice bit of ridiculousness that only serves to make the Pill the reason why women are infertile - which is absolutely untrue. Yes, the Pill exists to prevent pregnancy. And it works. So when you take it, gasp, you're NOT pregnant! What's the big deal?
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