WOW! Women REALLY are on the move these days, and companies are feeling it too. I can't tell you how excited I was when I saw that more and more businesses are paying for female employees to freeze their eggs!
According to Fertility IQ, more than 250 companies in the United States are offering to pay for some, or all of the egg freezing procedure for their employees. This is amazing, primarily because more and more women are opting to start a family in their late thirties or early forties.
Do you know when a women's peak fertility age is? 26
Yes, I just said 26.
Most of you reading this probably have no idea that your fertility peaks at the age of twenty-six. You're not alone though. I've taken care of countless women who decided to put their career first but unknowingly were jeopardizing their chances of conceiving a baby naturally due to their lack of knowledge about their fertility. The famous infertility line is "If I only knew..." And what those women want me to say to you is...YOU do know better now. Because if you're like most women these days who want the career and the baby you need to adjust with the times. Science had made it possible for you to halt the ticking of your biological clock by freezing your eggs, and now companies are beginning to offer this as an option in their benefits package to financially support this decision. It sounds like to me the time is now!
I encourage you to start asking yourself the hard questions. Start educating yourself on your options to have it all, if you want it all, that is! Because if anyone can have it all, it's women in the 21st century. We are unstoppable. We are empowering. And we are a force that no one wants to mess with. Well, except our biological clocks!
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Happy Galentine's Day ladies! I hope every one of you knows how very special you are today, and always.
Today, I want to take a moment and give a HUGE shoutout to a company that is on a mission to shatter stigmas in the fertility world and start talking about our fertility! Yes- I said it! FERTILITY.
Drum roll please...the company is called...Celmatix! It is a next-generation women’s health company transforming the way women and their physicians leverage genomics and data to make more informed, proactive reproductive health decisions. Their mission is to empower women with genomic insights about their fertility and reproductive health. How amazing is this?!? Well, I'm actually thinking you might not understand the significance of this company's mission right now, but I hope once I continue to educate you on your fertility you will greatly appreciate what this company is aiming to achieve.
Do you remember a time when you were younger and you got reprimanded by your parents because you said the "F" word. And if you were anything like me, the thrill of saying a bad word when you knew you weren't supposed to made saying that bad word SO much sweeter. Well, Celmatix is saying the "F" word a whole lot these days. Can you believe them? The nerve! Only kidding...their "F" word is a little different then the "F" word we're all used to saying. They started a campaign called #saytheFword. The "F" word being FERTILITY! Duh!
To support Celmatix, EGGVICE is taking a stance and pledging to say the "F" word in 2018 by continuing to empower women through fertility education because women deserve to build a family AND an empire.
Build your family,
Build your empire.
Yesterday on the TODAY show, an NBC correspondent named Kristen Dahlgren opened up to the world about her fertility journey.
Kristen, I applaud you. Thank you for being an empowered woman who understands the importance to empower other women through fertility awareness and education.
Kristen was thirty-nine years old when she decided to freeze her eggs. Socially, thirty-nine is the new twenty-nine, but our bodies don't care about that. Our biological clock doesn't realize we are waiting for Mr. Right, climbing the corporate ladder, or pursuing our education. Our biological clock only knows one speed; the younger a women is, the better quality and quantity her eggs will be.
Question- Kristen froze SEVENTEEN eggs at thirty-nine years of age. Do you think this is a lot of eggs for a thirty-nine-year-old woman to freeze?
Don't get me wrong, seventeen eggs is a fabulous number to freeze at thirty-nine years old, BUT her physician did not manage her expectations properly. Instead, her physician praised her seventeen eggs and gave her hope that having 2-3 children in the future from seventeen eggs frozen at thirty-nine year old was realistic. Unfortunately, this isn't realistic, and Kristen found this out the hard way. I don't have a Ph.D. behind my name, so I don't feel comfortable giving statistics, but what I can do is make you aware to ASK THE HARD QUESTIONS. Hold your physician accountable. Below is an example of a question to ask your physician when considering freezing your eggs.
Question- I am thirty-two years old, and I desire to have two kids in the future. Based off of my lab values you have reviewed (AMH, FSH), and ultrasound (antral follicle count) how many eggs do you feel like I will need to freeze for me to achieve my goal- two biological children in the future?
Side note- if you do not know the importance of FSH, AMH, and antral follicle count continue to follow along with my educational journey through EGGVICE on Facebook and Instagram, and you will soon find out!
At the risk of sounding negative, it's important to remember- nothing in life is guaranteed. I'm sorry, I'm a realist. I hope I didn't offend anyone! About egg freezing, the hope is it will give you a chance at an opportunity that might not have been there if you did not take a leap of faith and freeze your eggs. Kristen thought she won the lottery. Wow- seventeen eggs are frozen...WOO HOO! But, what Kristen didn't foresee were the underlying medical conditions that were wrecking havoc on her body and preventing her from successful pregnancies. Egg freezing is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to achieving pregnancy in the future, but hopefully, it's one piece of the puzzle that can be eliminated from the equation.
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Bridget is best known as a fertility nurse at Main Line Fertility.