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Egg freezing - How did you get there?
a blog by Sherika Wynter, January 27, 2014
“How did you just decide to freeze your eggs? ” is probably the most popular question I receive when I share my experience. Why is that? Because freezing your eggs is not something that is on a woman’s bucket list. I run into many women who don’t give real thought to their fertility until one of three things happen:
1. a diagnosis
3. a serious, monogamous relationship.
To be quite honest, lately, it seems as if most women never even consider child birth until their late thirties when time has slipped away from them and they are not in a position to carry at the moment. I am not sure why that is but it seems as if our society has rerouted our focus as women. Whether the delay in motherhood was intentional or accidental, freezing your eggs is usually an afterthought.
After being diagnosed with endometriosis , I was on the hunt for a physician who would keep my fertility in the forefront of any type of treatment. One of the first tests run on me was Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) levels. This test is used to aid in estimating the ovarian reserve by measuring the number of follicles developing in the ovary at a particular time. It is said women with endometriosis usually have a lower ovarian reserve. In my case, this was proven to be true. At first, I did not want to believe it. “How could I be a 25 year old women with a low egg reserve ? I’m in my prime! This is not humanly possible.” But after 2 years of monitoring my levels, I realized I needed to do SOMETHING regardless of whether or not I wanted to accept the facts. Plus, my doctor was on my case about it, as he should be.
Testing AMH levels is not a test that is routinely run. My GYN never mentioned it to me. My GYN, at the time, did my first laparoscopy, gave me Lupron and sent me on my way. Unless you’ve expressed the importance of child bearing to your physician, you probably will never hear about it. If fertility is really important to you, please find a good reproductive endocrinologist. I knew what I wanted and I went after it.
If you are a woman over the age of 25 and have any indication of fertility issues (painful periods, a known diagnosis, family history) or just general curiosity, please get examined. It is the best thing you could do for yourself. The earlier you know, the better prepared you will be moving forward.