Oops, I’m freezing my eggs … again! Nope, it’s not a new Britney Spears song, I’m really freezing my eggs again!!! This is my third cycle of egg freezing since my first experience with freezing. About each freeze was two years apart starting in 2015 at 33 years old (17 eggs) then in 2017 when I was 35 years old (12 eggs) and finally in 2019 at 36 almost 37 years old. I am not sure what my final egg count will be, but after freezing three times over the last 5-6 years I think the sacrifice is worth it. It may seem like a lot of fertility cycles and tons of eggs, but I have a fertility strategy!
I get asked on-the-repeat, “Why would I freeze my eggs so many times?” Well to help explain … egg freezing is a numbers game. There are no guarantees that freezing will work. Eggs are like money. You can never have enough. Women are born with all of the eggs they will ever have.
With that being said, I want to give myself the best odds for the desired family outcome and future as possible. I hope I don’t have to use my frozen DNA, but if I do I am well prepared. So this is egg freezing round number three.
I’ve been filming my personal fertility journey for the last four years or so. My goal is to complete the documentary This Is Egg Freezing that will hopefully inspire other women to learn about this process, encourage them to get their levels checked, and be proactive about their reproductive health.
I feel fortunate that my career work history taught me about this amazing technology and I hope to share my knowledge to help others. I’m not 100% sure if I want kids or not but I do know that I don’t want the choice taken away from me. I think I will know more about my own family choices once I meet someone I really want to have kids with or fall in love with. I’m sure when any of that will happen (if it will ever happen at all), but for now, I feel really good by just freezing my eggs. Not everyone needs to freeze multiple times like what I have done, but egg freezing is a bit of a numbers game.
I suggest that you start with how many children (in different scenarios) you would ideally like to have, then work backward. About each egg has between 2-12% chance to turn into a live birth. But there are a lot of steps between an egg to a live-birth. I like to calculate that if you have 10-12-13 good quality mature M2 levels eggs at the time freezing that would equal about one live-birth. If you were older (like over 35 years old) when you froze your eggs you might want closer to 20 eggs for one live-birth.
Since egg freezing is not a guarantee, today it is the best technology we have for a better shot at parenthood. Any eggs is better than no eggs frozen. That is why I believe it is worth it for me to freeze a few times and why I personally chose to freeze with multiple cycles.
Here is a fertility calculator to help figure out what your froze eggs will possibly result into after they have been thawed, inseminated, and implanted to maybe equaling a live-birth.
What do you think? Do you think you can freeze your eggs too many times or do you wish you froze your eggs multiple times? I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this topic. What number of eggs are you comfortable freezing? Or are you just figuring out if egg freezing is right for you? Either way, I’d love to hear from you.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-EGG-CLUB to reach me live. Be sure to watch and check out the documentary video-series coming soon called, THIS IS EGG FREEZING. Here is a sneak peek highlight video to watch now: https://youtu.be/m8L0Y-j_QB4