(MENAFN) Egg freezing is becoming an increasingly popular procedure for people who want to preserve their fertility options, even if it's not guaranteed to work. Erin Hanley, a 33-year-old woman, decided to freeze her eggs in the fall of 2020 because she knew she wanted kids someday but didn't know how or when that would happen. She wanted to have options so that she could make a choice later. Hanley took CBS News along on her journey through videos she recorded during the process.
However, egg freezing is a privilege for people who can afford it or have fertility insurance coverage, as it costs thousands of dollars. The procedure involves about two weeks of hormone shots to stimulate the follicles in a woman's ovaries. Typically, in a menstrual cycle, one follicle ovulates one egg in about a month. The goal with the shots is to get more follicles to produce eggs simultaneously, so multiple eggs can be retrieved at once. The shots are usually done at home.
Hanley said she was "very nervous" the first time she had to give herself a shot. She had to mix her own solutions and shots, so she laid them all out on her counter and had a friend film her. She wanted to share her experience with others and show that it's not as scary as it seems.
Egg freezing has become a popular option for people who want to delay pregnancy or preserve their fertility due to various reasons, such as medical issues, career goals, or personal choice. However, it's important to note that egg freezing is not a guarantee of future pregnancy, and the success rates vary depending on various factors, such as age, health, and the number of eggs retrieved. It's also important to consider the emotional and financial costs of the procedure, as well as the potential risks and side effects.
Despite the potential risks and costs, egg freezing has become a growing trend for people seeking fertility options. It's a way for them to take control of their reproductive health and have the option to start a family when they're ready. Egg freezing also raises important conversations about reproductive rights and access to healthcare, as it's a privilege that not everyone can afford.
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