The first time I ever understood what other reproductive options were was when I went my friend's house for a sleepover. We sat in a blanket fort surrounded by pillows and watched "Baby Mama" with the hilarious Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler duo.
From that film, I learned that are way more options than just adoption and the traditional baby-making process of having a baby.
I look back at that film and think "man, why didn't they teach this is school? And why did I learn this from a TV comedy show and not even a professional?" Why am I not learning about this as a 20-something with no plan for kids in the future (at least not NOW)?
It's something that me, as a young woman, is not thinking about right now. Nonetheless, it is important if I ever change my mind or choose to have children.
Freezing your eggs and surrogacy were once taboo topics and "unnatural" ways of making babies, but is now something that more and more women are doing. It's an insurance policy for women and their future --whether that be with children or without.
And we deserve to know a lot more about it.
What is freezing your eggs even?
“It’s a relatively new technology that allows young women to harvest some of her eggs and use them later,” says Dr. Jan Rydfors, the co-creator of Pregnancy Companion to stylecaster.com.
It means meeting with your OB/GYN to decide if the process if for you, a series of hormone supplements, and frequent ovarian ultrasounds. This helps your OB/GYN see that eggs are maturing and harvesting properly.
Then you're sedated in an outpatient procedure and a needle is used to suck out your eggs. It sounds scarier then it is, but a typical harvest can collect up to 20 eggs and is fairly common.
When should you get it done?
At age 30, almost 90% of a woman's eggs are lost, and that's a frightening reality that women have to deal with.
And that's why many doctors recommend that women start the process early- even in your early 20s. Most doctors recommend women getting it in their late 20s or early 30s for the most successful transplant, as later transplants mean there is a likelihood for not as many eggs to be harvested.
Why should you do it?
Sure, you may not consider having children right now. But have you every changed your mind about something important? Like a career choice, a relationship, or a goal? Yup, as you grow and change so do your thoughts on big life decisions.
It's important to at least have the option for your future, and it is invaluable that women have this option for their future.
So whether you are choosing to freeze your eggs or not, it's important to know a little more about it. And not just from comedy TV shows and movies.
SHARE with the women in your life to help them know a little more about the process!