Eyewitness News spoke to one young woman in Connecticut about freezing her eggs, and she said it was the right choice for her.
“I realized when I was 27 that I hadn't made the decisions in my life in order to have a family immediately and I was not ready for that, so I decided to take out my own personal insurance policy,” Rachel Watterson said.
Watterson said she knew she wanted to have a family, but in her late 20's. She also knew that it was a while off.
“My 20s I spent completely focused on my career,” Watterson said.
So at 28 years old, Watterson said she decided to freeze her eggs.
It's relatively simple procedure. That more and more women are choosing to undergo for a variety of reasons.
“A woman may want to consider preserving her fertility, is if she's single, doesn't have a partner and is feeling the biological clock is ticking,” Dr. Andrea Diluigi said. “Another reason is a cancer patient may consider freezing eggs prior to undergoing chemotherapy or radiation.”
Diluigi said another reason is “a patient may consider freezing eggs is a family history of early menopause.”
Diluigi, a reproductive endocrinologist at the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services, said it should be on the minds of more women.
“A woman should really start thinking about this once she gets in her 30's,” Diluigi said. “I think it's very important for a woman to have as much information about her body and her egg supply as possible, so even if someone is younger than that there are tests that can be done to give us an idea about a woman's egg supply and her fertility potential.”
The process of getting the body ready for egg freezing takes about two weeks.
Patients are given medications to stimulate their ovaries and then they're scheduled for the actual procedure.
“The eggs are retrieved from the patients, she goes under anesthesia, has an ocite retrieval, and then we collect them in the lab. We clean them off, evaluate them, make sure they look OK. And then we put them through a series of solutions that work to slowly draw the water out of the cell, and then we replace it with a cryoprotectant,” Diluigi said. “And then as soon as we do that, we just plunge the egg into liquid nitrogen and then they are stored.
That's where they stay, until the woman is ready to start her family.
“My family was really, really supportive and they still are and now I’m dating someone for a year,” Watterson said. “And he's really supportive and actually it's a little more stress-free for him too. We don't have to super rush into anything because we have a backup plan.”
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