Financial guru, popular television personality and author Nicole Lapin says, “be in the driver’s seat” of her life when she choose egg freezing.
She adds, “When I was in my 20s, I was career, career, career.”
Lapin now 32 says, “I realized that I was in the backseat of my own life and I wanted to take control and I wanted to be in the driver’s seat of my own life.”
Lapin not only froze her eggs but she documented her personal emotional journey for Redbook magazine on Egg Freezing. Lapin is a financial columnist for Redbook.
She says, “Today is the day I took charge of my future” in her diary.”
She felt her biological clock ticking at the age of 30 and shared a long-term relationship with a person with whom she had no plans of having a family.
She adds, “I always wanted to have a family. I wanted to be married by my late 20s. I wanted to have kids by my early 30s,” Lapin said. “You know, it didn’t happen for me that way.”
Lapin tells that the egg freezing process charged her around $14,000. She further says, “I had the craziest cravings,”, who experienced hormonal changes and bloating during the process of getting daily shots for 3 weeks.
She says, “Her egg retrieval left her with lesser eggs than she expected so she plans to have a second freezing. She does not plan to use the eggs right away.”
She tells, “I don’t want to use them. I want to be married and I want to have kids on my own but it gives me the most options possible for when I do want to become a mother.”
Lapin hopes that sharing her story inspires other women to become more thoughtful about their fertility.
She further adds, “I think it’s a taboo and people don’t talk about it. I hope to break that taboo, hopefully by sharing my own story, to help other young women feel empowered to do the same thing.”
Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News Chief Women’s Health Correspondent describes the egg freezing process in 3 stages.
1st stage: The first stage is “workup” that involves ultrasounds and blood tests.
Doctor Jennifer Ashton says, “In terms of money, [it is] a couple of hundred to maybe a couple of thousand dollars. Not that much time, days to weeks, and physical discomfort [is] little to none.”
2nd Stage: The next stage is the stimulation process where the budget jumps to thousands of dollars.
“This consists of injection of high-powered hormones and monitoring every day by ultrasound to look at your ovaries. Again, it can take weeks just for one cycle. If you have to do more than one [cycle], months. And physical discomfort, a little more. A lot of women describe this as PMS on steroids.”
3rd Stage: The final stage is the retrieval process that is an operating room procedure performed under anesthesia.
“This jumps up again to thousands of dollars,” Ashton said. “Time wise it’s just one day and physical discomfort varies, usually none but in rare cases you can get something called [ovarian] hyperstimulation syndrome which is very uncomfortable.”
Dr. Jennifer Ashton stresses that the Egg Freezing Process varies from person to person.