FREEZING YOUR EGGS MIGHT HELP BEAT YOUR BIOLOGICAL CLOCK
Today being the 18th of April reminds us that its Kourtney Kardashian’s birthday – Happy birthday Kourt. The E! reality show star – Kourtney Kardashian of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians fame recently shared that she’s been thinking about freezing her eggs.
“What if I want a kid in the next 10 years? Wouldn’t you rather have the insurance sitting there?”
Are you wondering what freezing of eggs is all about? I will let you in on the gist. Freezing your eggs (oocyte cryopreservation) is a great opportunity to shatter the biological clock, an opportunity that wasn’t available to women many years ago. While Kourtney might have been one of the first celebrities to open up about this on reality tv, she’s certainly not the first person celebrity to consider this option. Celebrities such as Rita Ora, Celine Dion and Sofia Vergara have taken on this opportunity to put a halt to their biological clock.
If you’re in your thirties already then freezing your eggs might be something you would want to look into, especially when you’re certain you are not ready for a family yet. How to go about this?
You will be required to seek medical examination where a pelvic ultrasound is done and blood samples are drawn to test for blood type genetics and infectious diseases.
You will begin your fertility treatment by taking oral birth control pills for 6-30 days. Also, you will start daily self-injections of Lupron to prevent ovulation after which another blood test will be carried out to assess your plasma E2 concentration. If your E2 is alright, you will proceed to the next process which is ovarian stimulation; the main goal for this is to harvest as many matured eggs as possible.
At this stage you’re placed on a regimen of gonadotropin therapy and after a week of being placed on this therapy you will be advised to regularly visit your hospital for medical examinations which includes pelvic ultrasound and plasma estradiol evaluations to monitor your ovarian response.
This will help determine when you should be administered an hCG injection to trigger the maturation of your eggs and the production of progesterone. Approximately 34-36 hours after receiving a hCG injection you will be scheduled for egg retrieval which lasts for about 15 – 30 minutes. The eggs are collected in test tubes labeled with your name and unique identification number, which will then be handed off to the embryologist. Then, within 24 hours of your egg retrieval process you will be called to know how many of your eggs were ultimately frozen.
That’s the step by step process on how to beat the biological clock. Is this something you will be willing to try?